Numbers of sheep coming out to the marts were returning to more normal levels over the past week.
Trade has begun the new year in a strong position, similar to where it left off last year, with factory men anxious to snap up any suitable stock. Small numbers of in-lamb ewes are beginning to come out with good farmer interest reported, especially for younger stock.
Fermoy had more than 400 sheep on offer yesterday. The good fleshy lamb over 50kg met with keen competition to sell for €56-64 with the weight, while prices in Athenry made €57-63 over for the same type of lambs. Lighter lambs of 40-46kg made €45-55 over the €/kg. Cull ewes ran from a low of €45 to a top price of €110.
Dowra Mart had 450 sheep on offer on Saturday last and the best in-lamb ewes made €140-180, while older in-lamb ewes made €80-125 each. Store lambs sold for €65-95 and cull ewes made €75-120 each.
There was 880 sheep on offer at Enniscorthy Mart with a firm trade reported.
Butcher and factory lambs made €48-62 over the €/kg to sell for €96-113/hd. Stores made €44-54 over, ewe lambs sold for €86-114 and heavy, fat cull ewes sold to a top price of €128, while thinner lots sold back to €54.
Mountbellew Mart had a large number of sheep on offer and there was good demand for butcher/factory lambs.
Store lambs met a slightly easier trade, while stag ewes remain a firm trade, especially for heavier lots.
There was a small number of in-lamb ewes on offer and nicely fleshed lambs made €50-55 over the weight. Lighter types sold for €38-48 over, cull ewes made €75-130/hd, ewes on the point of lambing made €157, second-crop ewes running with a Suffolk ram made €145 and older ewes sold for €98.