Plants tied as base remains at 480c/kg

Joe Healy

Jockey Davy Russell said he deserved a kick up the backside for almost getting pipped on the line of the Galway Hurdle last week while waving to the crowd. But it remains a photo finish with Kildare Chilling and the two ICM plants, Dawn Ballyhaunis and Kepak Hacketstown all on the same unchanged base of 480c/kg.

When the various bonuses are included, the Lilywhites are succeeding where their footballers failed to take top honours for U grade lambs.

This leaves them on a total of 490c/kg compared to the single bonus being offered on U grades by the rest. Moyvalley Meats are up by 5c/kg and are on an all-in figure of 485c/kg. Kepak Athleague is the table laggard today. A drop of 6c/kg brings them back to a base of 474c/kg plus the bonus of 6c/kg.

Some buying for Ramadan continues but has eased from its peak of recent weeks.

IFA sheep chairman, James Murphy said farmers are digging in for 490-500c/kg on weights of 21.5-22kg for their lambs.

Kepak Athleague, Hacketstown and both ICM plants remain on 230c/kg for the cull ewes. Dawn Ballyhaunis have reduced their quote by 10c/kg to 220c/kg. Kildare Chilling are not offering a quote for ewes.

Farmers need to ensure that their ewes are fit for killing if they are going to the factory.

It is tempting to just fill the trailer when deciding to sell. If it is the case that some of your ewes are not fat enough, the mart is not only the best option but should be the only option.

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The mart trade is actually very suitable for all types with heavy ewes generally matching the factory price while the store ewe trade has been strong for quite some time now.

Otherwise, some meal feeding for a period before slaughter can make a big difference to ewe condition and price.

MARTS The mart trade was steady over the past week. Nicely fleshed lambs were generally making from €50-60 over the weight with top quality lots exceeding this and making up to €64 over.

Good store lambs made from €70-94 while lighter types sold for €40-70. Ewe lambs made up to €120 with ewe hoggets selling from €120-180 in the main. Heavy cull ewes were making over €100. Aged ewes for breeding made from €90-150 with plainer older types selling back to €70.

A big sale at Athenry Mart yesterday met with a slightly easier sale than last week. Top price over the weight was €62 when a pen weighing 46kg sold for €108.

Butcher lambs were selling for €50-61 over their weight in a price-range of €100-109 at Enniscorthy Mart while the factory types made from €51-55 over. Ewe lambs sold for €100-120/hd. Stores were making €50-58 over the €/kg or €65-86 /hd.

Dowra Mart had a big sale of mainly store lambs last Saturday. The best stores made from €70-84 each with the nice ewe lambs making from €80-100 and lighter types making from €60-80.

At Mountbellew Mart, cull ewes met with a steady trade, selling for €70-116. Increased demand for factory lambs resulted in prices topping out at €61 over with €111 paid for 50kg wethers.

In the breeding section, ewe hoggets made from €115-168 with large numbers on offer. First crop ewes ranged from €100-137, second crops from €88-125 with the older lots making from €70-104.

Trade was steady at Baltinglass mart. The 45-50kg lambs were selling for €95-103. Lambs of 40-45kg made up to €95. Stores were back by €2-3 and making from €65-90 each.

Old ewes with good udders made up to €90 while two-four year-old breeders sold for €110-135.

Fat lambs were selling from €1.80-€2.18/kg or €48-55 over the weight up in Mayo/Sligo Mart. Stores sold from €38-75.

In Ballymote, the heavy lambs sold for €45-52 with their weight while the stores made from €35-45 over the €/kg. Well-fleshed cull ewes were making from €75-110 with ewes for further feeding selling back to €50.

A sale of pure-bred Suffolk rams will be held at Ballinakill Mart on Saturday.

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