Farm Ireland

Saturday 25 November 2017

New season lambs open at €120/hd

Joe HEaly

The best indicator of the optimism out there at the moment in the sheep sector is the lively level of interest in the trade for ewes with lambs at foot.

A big sale at Athenry mart yesterday met with very good trade. One small quality lot of new season lambs weighing 45kg sold to a local abattoir for €120. Last year's crop was making €50-65 over the weight or up to €120/hd.

At Tullow mart last week young ewes with twin lambs made from €140 up to €196, while those with singles sold in the range of €102-176/hd depending on age and quality. The numbers of cull ewes on offer was scarce. The well-fleshed ones made a maximum of €104 with the rest selling from upwards of €42. Store lambs were scarce and made from €32-46 over, reflecting a price range of €58-85/hd.

In Manorhamilton, Texel-Charolais cross ewe lambs weighing 50kg sold for €115 with the main run of heavier types selling for €50-60 over. Factory types of 45kg made from €40-50 over. Youngish ewes with lambs at foot and suitable for further breeding sold for prices up to €165.

Due to St Patrick's Day, Enniscorthy brought their mart forward from last Wednesday. This resulted in smaller numbers than normal but there was a buoyant trade all round. The butcher and factory hoggets made from €93-117 or €47-65 over. There was very good demand for ewes and lambs, with some ewes with pairs of lambs making €200.

In Raphoe there were 1,000 sheep on offer and sales are starting to get smaller. Factory agents were active for dry ewes, paying from €50-130/hd.

Prices ranged from €44-52 over for store lambs.

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