Farm Ireland

Sunday 19 November 2017

Nicely fleshed lambs thrive in steady trade


Joe Healy

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.

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