Nicely fleshed lambs thrive in steady trade
The mart trade for sheep was steady over the past week. Nicely fleshed lambs were generally selling for €42-52 over their weight, with the stores going for €38-50 over.
The best of the ewe lambs made up to €140, while hoggets hit a high of €200. The general run for good hoggets was €150-190. Older breeding ewes sold for €130-160, while heavy cull ewes made €80-110 and lighter types sold for €50-80.
Sales at Athenry and Fermoy yesterday saw the lambs over 50kg sell for €100-110/hd or €47-56 over their weight. The 45-50kg types made €41-51 over the €1/kg. Numbers were down somewhat at Enniscorthy Mart. Butcher and factory lambs sold for €95-104 or €45-52 over the weight. Prices for stores ran from €41-51 over the €1/kg in a range of €71-87/hd. Ewe lambs made €104-115 and the hoggets sold for €150-190. Fat cull ewes made €90-110. Lighter types sold for €55-81.
There were 2,200 sheep for sale at Dowra Mart on Friday last. Trade was similar to previous weeks, as the best of the store lambs made €75-94 each and lighter stores sold for €50-75/hd. Best of the ewe lambs made €90-120 each, while the top pens of ewe hoggets made €150-190. Plainer lots made €120-150 each. Heavy cull ewes sold for €80-110 and ewes for further feeding made €45-75.
Large numbers with prices maintained was the report from Baltinglass. The 40-45kg lambs made up to €97/hd, while the heavier 50-55kg sold for €97-110/hd. Suffolk-cross ewe lambs made €95-140/hd, while Cheviot ewe lambs made up to €140.
Sheep prices were a little easier at Maam Cross, especially for the store lambs which sold for €35-64. Crossbred lambs sold for €52-90 or €1.90-2.05/kg. Prices for Blackface ewe hoggets ran at €127-158/hd. On Sunday, the mart is having a Blackface ram and ewe hogget show and sale.
Carnew had a smaller than normal sale of 2,100 sheep due to the National Ploughing Championships. Butcher and factory lambs made €43-51 over the weight. Stores sold for €38-48 over, while ewe lambs made up to €78 over the €1/kg.