Farm Ireland

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Sheep marts: All stock in demand as strong trade evident

Joe Healy

The strong mart trade continued this week, with keen demand for all stock. Ewes with lambs at foot sold for up to €248, while ewes scanned in-lamb made up to €176. Cull ewes sold for as high as €129 and ewe lambs made up to €121/hd. Factory and butcher lambs reached €64 over and stores sold to €100/hd.

At Athenry yesterday, quality pens of lambs sold for €54-65 over the €1/kg, with a top price of €117 for 52kg. Lambs under 40kg made up to €50 over the weight.

Trade in Fermoy was a bit easier this week but prices for the heavier lots over 48kg still made €54-66 over. Lambs over 40kg sold for €50 or more with the €1/kg.

At Enniscorthy, trade and prices were similar to the previous week for the 820 sheep presented, with best demand for breeding stock and cull ewes. Butcher and factory lambs sold for €98-117 (€54-64 over). Store lambs made €84-100 (€49-59 over). Prices for ewe lambs made €110-121 each, while ewes with lambs at foot sold for €115/unit up to a top price of €215/unit. Cull ewes sold for €54-129/hd depending on condition.

At Mountbellew, hoggets and cull ewes met a slightly easier trade. Ewes with lambs at foot and in-lamb ewes met a strong trade, with €176-248 paid for ewes with lambs at foot. The top price of €112/hd was paid for a pen of 51kg ewe lambs, but the general run was €54-62 over. Cull ewes sold for €64-110/hd.

Baltinglass reported good demand for all types of sheep. Lambs weighing 40-50kg made €50-55 over their weight, while lighter, 35-40kg lambs sold for €40-52 over. Lambs under 35kg sold from €30-56 over the €1/kg.

Prices for cull ewes varied from €65-90/hd. Ewes scanned in-lamb made up to €150 each.

Blackface ewes made from €63-95 at Maam Cross, while crossbred ewes sold for prices of up to €131/hd. Lambs made €55-120.

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