Lamb prices up Â¤5/hd as trade lifts
Lamb prices rose by as much as €5/hd last week as the trade improved. The opening salvos for breeding ewes were also positive, with hoggets making up to €200 and older ewes selling up to €165. Quality lots of ewe lambs made €120-130.
Good farmer interest resulted in a lively and improved trade for store lambs, while well-fleshed cull ewes continued to sell for €100-130/hd.
Quite a few mart sources are anxious to point out that the factory tag is not sufficiently received for lambs or hoggets and the permanent yellow tag is required for all sheep born last year and this year.
A top price of €76 over the weight was paid in Fermoy yesterday when a pen of 50kg ewe lambs made €126/hd. Apart from another lot of 53kg lambs selling for €124 (€71 over), the general range of prices was €54-64 over the €/kg.
Prices at Athenry Mart were around €54-67 over the weight, with a few of the better-quality lots making €69-71 over. Lighter types of 40-44kg sold for €50-60 over.
Baltinglass had 1,500 sheep on offer and prices rose by €3-5/hd. Heavier types from 45-50kg sold for €100-110/hd and the 40-45kg lots made €93-102. Stores sold up to €95.
Quality ewe lambs met with good demand and sold for up to €120/hd, while ewe hoggets made €155-180/hd. Aged breeding ewes made €130-155 and those in between made up to €130. Cull ewes sold for €70-110 each.
Mountbellew had a very large sale, with an increased demand over previous weeks driven by several regular and new store buyers in attendance.