John Lynskey said prices of up to €4.90/kg and to 23kg were being paid.
There is no change to the quotes for the cull ewes with all plants continuing to offer 200c/kg. Farmers with numbers are bargaining for prices of 220-230c/kg.
Bord Bia noted that to date throughput is back 11pc or 16,000 head. In Britain, the trade edged upwards due to some tightening of supplies. The SQQ live price for lambs in England and Wales at the weekend was €4.90/kg deadweight.
In France, the market was reported as quiet with slow demand and a plentiful supply of British lamb making the market more competitive. Prices for Irish Grade 1 lamb were around €4.72kg (inclusive of VAT).
Prices were kinder to sheep than the weather over the past week. Sales yesterday met with good demand, with prices for the fleshy lambs over 50kg running at €50-60 over the weight.
The best price of the day was €120 for 54kg or €66 over the €/kg at Kilkenny Mart. Apart from this, the general run of good lambs were making from €55-60 over. Factory types ranged in price from €86-105 or €45-58 with their weight. Stores sold for €70-85/hd, with limited numbers on offer.
Cull ewes made from €50-100. Prices for the 50kg plus lambs at Athenry and Fermoy Marts were selling for €53-62 with the €/kg. Lighter lambs sold for €40-50 over. The cull ewes in Athenry made from €65-100.
Down in Fermoy, the culls ranged from €40-94, while ewes with a lamb or lambs at foot varied in price from €135-190. The good prices for the heavier lambs is proof that the mart is much more suitable for these types than the factories.
Carnew had a bigger entry with 2,200 on offer. Prices were steady. Butcher and factory lambs were selling for prices of €97-109/hd or €52-56 over their weight. Stores ranged from €67-95 or €36-52 over the €/kg. Cull ewes sold for €35-92, with the in-lamb ewes making from €110-135.
The sheep trade was stronger at Dowra Mart last Saturday, with the best of the store lambs making from €70-90 each. The lighter pens for feeding made from €40-70.
Heavy cull ewes sold from €50-75. Ewes for grazing made from €30-55 each. A special entry of in-lamb ewes saw the best lots making from €150-185 while ewes with pairs of lambs at foot sold up to €210 each.
Down in Enniscorthy, the butcher lambs were making from €50-56, with their weight in a price range of €103-108. Factory types sold for €94-102 or €50-58 over.
The stores were selling for €66-92 or €45-55 with the €/kg. Light cull ewes sold for €34-66, while the fleshier culls made from €70-92. Ewes with a lamb or lambs at foot made from €150-180.
Mountbellew had smaller numbers on offer due to poor weather conditions. Trade was firm for all lambs on offer, especially for fleshy lots, which made up to €57 with the €/kg. Stores were making from €37-45 with the weight.
Cull ewes met with a slightly improved trade, with prices ranging from €55-87.50. One first crop ewe with twin lambs at foot made €195.
Seven first crop ewes due to lamb in March carrying three twins and four singles sold for €130.
Blackface ewes in lamb sold for €45-63 at Maam Cross Mart.
Weather hoggets were making €45-73. Cross bred lambs were making from €30-68 in the main, with a top price of €80. Mountain wether and ram lambs made from €28-58.
Fleshed lambs in Tuam were making from €1.90-2.08/kg or a tops of €111. Cull ewe prices varied from €70-110.
Sheep: Factory quotes c/kg incl VAT