Ewes with doubles hit all time high
The cull ewe trade showed signs of easing slightly at some marts this week, possibly due to the large volumes being produced for sale.
Prices for hoggets remained firm as numbers begin to dwindle coming into the spring.
There was an improved trade at Baltinglass on Saturday for the 800 sheep on offer. Heavy factory and butcher-type lambs made €75-103/hd and lighter lambs made up to €75/hd. Fat and store ewes made €65-90/hd, scanned in-lamb ewes €148/hd for doubles and €120/hd for singles.
The large number of sheep on offer in Mountbellew on the same day met with a similar trade to the previous week, though this was easier for cull ewes. Demand was good for heavy and fleshy hoggets, which sold for €71-114/hd.
Prices for the large number of cull ewes were back on previous weeks and made €55-122.50/hd.
In the breeding ewe section, second- and third-crop ewes with single lambs at foot made up to €135/hd, second- and third-crop ewes scanned with triplets made €124-130/hd.
At Maam Cross, lamb prices averaged €42-86/hd, cull ewes made €35-48/hd and in-lamb ewes sold for a €63/hd average.
Numbers were back a bit at Dowra on Saturday but the trade continued strong, with all classes on par or slightly up from the previous week. The best of the hoggets made €80-110/hd while the lighter ones made €55-75/hd. Cull ewes sold for €55-110/hd and in-lamb ewes achieved €80-120 each.