Farm Ireland

Sunday 22 April 2018

Sheep marts: Sales boom goes on with cull ewes at s155

Joe Healy

The strong mart trade continued across the country for sheep over the past week for all categories. Cull ewes hit a high of €155. Up to €330 was paid for ewes with twin lambs at foot while ewes with singles fetched as high as €240. Hoggets sold to €155 while good lambs were freely making in excess of €100 over the weight or more than €3/kg.

Top price at Athenry yesterday was €150 for 48kg. Most sold between €90-97 over the €/kg. This was probably slightly back on the trade of last week. It was a similar story down in Fermoy where €150 was paid for 49kgs and €152 paid for 53kgs. The well-finished lamb generally sold for €90-99 over.

Spring lambs sold between €90-102 over the weight at Mountbellew Mart. The top price was €155.50 for 53.5kgs. Hoggets were a bit all over the place with the best selling up to €76 over. The general run sold from €55-65 over while up to €77 over was paid for ewe hoggets. A large number of stags met an improved trade, especially for heavier lots. Prices ranged from €78-148. Sample prices for ewes with lambs at foot were: five third crop ewes with 10 lambs at foot made €242 each; five first crop ewes with five lambs at foot made €246 each; a second crop ewe with a single lamb made €190; two first-crop ewes with four lambs made €288 each.

Up to €155 was paid for ewe hoggets at Enniscorthy Mart. Butcher and factory hoggets made €75-88 over with the stores selling for €65-83 with the weight. Spring lambs made €88-100 over the €/kg.

Heavy cull ewes sold from €100-150 with the lots for further feeding making €50-88 each. Ewes with twin lambs made €175-270. Single lambs and their mothers sold for €137-220/unit.

At Maam Cross, a top price of €230 was paid for ewes with lambs at foot. Older lots sold back to €85. Spring lamb was selling for €130-135/hd. Hoggets were generally making around €80 each.

There was an excellent trade reported for a smaller than normal turnout of sheep at Kilkenny Mart.

Even though hogget supplies continue to be of varying quality, one lot made up to €103 over when €155 was paid for 52kg. The rest sold from this back to €83 over in a range of €2.60-2.98/kg. Prices for the young lambs went from €90-103 over with most making between €2.85-3.23/kg. Some fat cull ewes made up to €155. Feeders sold back to €50 each. Good interest drove prices for ewes with lambs at foot to a range of €200-250/unit.

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Dowra Mart had 600 sheep on offer last Saturday. Ewes with two lambs at foot made €240-330 for ewes with doubles while young ewes with single lambs sold for €180-240 each. Hoggets made from €100-145 each with a few choice pens making up to €160 each. Cull ewe prices ran from €90-125 for the heavy ewes with lighter ewes for feeding making from €60-85 each.

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