Farm Ireland

Sunday 22 April 2018

Lambs rise €1-5/hd as breeding season reaching conclusion

Joe Healy

Numbers down, prices up, and the breeding season coming to a close. That is a summary of the mart trade around the country over the past week.

Lambs were improved by anything from €1-5/hd, making from €50-64 with their weight and generally selling for €100-116/hd. Stores were making €60-95 each, while ewe lambs made as high as €141. Cull ewes fit for slaughter sold for €100-135. Feeders moved at €45-90/hd.

There was a slightly smaller than normal sale in Kilkenny yesterday, where butcher lambs sold for €54-64 with the weight. Factory types made €47-58 over and stores sold for €40-50 over.

Good lambs over 45kg at Athenry made €52-64 over, while lighter types sold for €45-55 with the €/kg.

Top price over the weight at Fermoy was €67 with a lot of the heavy, well-fleshed types making €57-65 with the weight.

Carnew had a smaller number with 1,800 sheep on offer. Butcher lambs were up by €8-10/hd, with all other types up by €5/hd. Well-fleshed types sold for €103-116, or €56-64 over the weight. Stores sold for €74-100, or €43-58 with the €/kg. Tops for the ewe lambs was €138.

Cull ewes for further feeding made €65-95. Fleshed ewes sold for €102-135.

Numbers were smaller at Dowra but prices were stronger than the previous weeks. Suffolk and Suffolk-cross store lambs made €70-95 each, while mountain store lambs sold for €50-78 each. The best of the ewe lambs for breeding made €100-135/hd. Cull ewes for feeding made €45-70, while the heavy, well-leshed ewes made €75-110 each.

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There were 1,470 sheep on offer at Tullow. Fat lambs were up by €1-2/hd, selling for €51-64 over the weight in a price range of €94-112. The stores were up by €2/hd and making €66-94, or €34-56 over. Ewe lambs made €110-132 each. Culls sold for €48-128.

Blackface mountain breeding ewes at Maam Cross sold for €60-110. Ewe hoggets made up to €128. Cull ewes sold for €36-75. Cross-bred lambs made €52-95, or €1.90-2.15/kg, while the mountain-type lambs made €35-62 each.

Trade was steady in Baltinglass, where the 45-50kg lambs sold for €95-107. Stores made up to €85. Cheviot ewe lambs sold for €110-140. Cull ewes ran at €70-120, with the ones suitable for another crop of lambs making up to €125.

Numbers of breeding ewes are reducing, as expected, at Mountbellew but lambs had a strong trade. Factory and butcher lambs made €100-122, while quality ewe lambs hit €95-141.

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