Farm Ireland

Sunday 19 November 2017

Sheep marts: Breeding ewes in demand

Joe Healy

Breeding ewes continue to meet a flying trade, but ewe hoggets are not overly plentiful, with more customers than supply can satisfy.

Good lambs of more than 50kg in Athenry yesterday made €46-54 over the weight, while a few 67kg mixed lots sold for €125, or €58 over. Ewe lambs in the 41-45 kg weight bracket sold for €42-52 over.

Mountbellew had a very large number of sheep on offer. There was brisk trade for all sheep with increased demand for store lambs and ewe lambs and a slight increase in factory lamb prices. Wether lambs of 40-50kg made €40-45 over the weight. Stores sold for €66-88/hd, while ewe lambs made up to €57 over, with the top price being €103 for a pen of 46kg wethers.

There was an increased demand for all lots of cull ewes on offer. Prices ranged from €56-114. In the breeding section, hogget ewes made €136-206.

Despite there being 2,150 sheep on offer at Baltinglass, an improved trade was reported for all classes and especially ewes. Ewe hoggets were selling in a range of €130-180. The older Suffolk cross breeding ewes made €100-145/hd, while the Cheviots of a similar age made €145-170. Culls sold for €60-95. A top price of €125 was paid for good ewe lambs. Factory lambs made €42 over for prices of €78-92.

Wexford Farmers Mart had 2,740 sheep for auction. Factory and butcher lambs were not as sharp as previous weeks and sold for €82-100 or €36-48 over their weight.

Store lambs made €32-45 over for prices of €65-84.

Prices for ewe lambs ran from €82-130/hd. Cast ewes made €44-98.

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