Sheep marts: Prices strengthen €3/hd
The sheep trade was solid last week. Lamb prices had improved by €2-3/hd in most marts. Breeding ewes remained strong with good demand also reported for the heavy ewe lambs.
Large numbers of sheep were on offer in Mountbellew. Stag ewes remained strong at €60-114. Breeding sheep were a slightly easier trade with smaller numbers on offer. Hogget ewes ranged in price from €115 to €185/hd. First and second crops sold from €100-163/hd, while the older breeding ewes sold for €80-128/hd.
Store lambs were slightly easier trade to the previous week in a range of €68-87. Factory lambs and ewe lambs remained stable, generally making €44-50 over.
Prices for Pedigree Texel rams ranged from €300-510. Wexford Farmers Mart had 2,085 on offer. Best demand was for store lambs and breeding stock. Hogget ewes made €128-167/hd.
Older breeding ewes made €80-131/hd, while ewe lambs sold for €82-123/hd. Cull ewe prices ran from €42 to €97/hd.
In the lamb section the factory and butcher types made €37-48 over in a price range of €83-95. Stores sold for €67-87/hd.