Farm Ireland

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Heavy lambs prove most popular

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

Fleshy lambs were the best sellers this week, where prices reached up to an average of €120/hd, while the store lamb trade also remained firm.

Heavy lambs around the 50kg+ mark sold for €50-60 over the weight in Athenry Mart on Monday.

Sheep prices were back on December prices at this week's Maam Cross Mart sales.

On average, lambs made €49/hd up to a maximum of €85/hd. Hogget prices averaged €52-69/hd. In-lamb ewes sold for an average of €55/hd and cull ewes made €42/hd.

Mountbellew Mart had a large number of sheep on offer and trade was slightly easier for hoggets, although the store lamb trade remained firm. Demand was also good for cull ewes and in-lamb ewes.

Hogget prices ranged from €78-107/hd. Prices for cull ewes ranged from €51-113/hd, with strong demand for the heavier lots. In-lamb ewes and ewes with lambs at foot made €120-137/hd.

It was a similar story at Dowra Mart on Saturday as there was a slight easing in the trade. The best of the hoggets made €90-121/hd while the lighter ones made €50-80/hd.

Heavy cull ewes sold for €60-90/hd and the lighter ewes made €40-60/hd. Ewes with lambs at foot made up to €150/hd and in-lamb ewes achieved €80-100/hd.

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Fleshy hoggets were the top sellers at Headford Mart on Thursday, where 450 sheep were offered for sale.

On average, hoggets sold for €88-115/hd, ewe hoggets made €95-112/hd, store lambs achieved €65-78/hd and cull ewes were sold for €25-88/hd.

Irish Independent

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