Farm Ireland

Friday 24 November 2017

Sheep marts: Sales stay firm across the board

Joe Healy

The sheep trade remains extremely firm across all the different categories.

Farmers are active for quality ewe lambs and the limited number of breeding ewes being offered for sale at the moment.

Prices for store, factory and butcher lambs are more than holding their own. Factory buyers were very active at every mart last week. With a reasonable amount of grass on quite a lot of farms even at this stage, farmers were proving pretty keen for quality store lambs.

Baltinglass Mart reported a strong trade for lambs last Saturday. Factory and butcher types sold for €81-100 each, with stores selling for €60-75 or €35-46 over the weight. Even though the numbers of breeding ewes are reducing every week, the first, second and third crops on offer made €110-125 each. Cull ewes sold up to €85. Prices for breeding rams varied from €160 up to €250/hd.

There was a large number of lambs on offer at Mountbellew Mart. Factory lambs met with a strong demand. Heavy lambs of 50+kg made up to €53 over the weight. Good quality ewe lambs over 45kg sold for up to €56 over the €1/kg.

Stores made from €30-40 over depending on quality. A very firm trade saw prices for cull ewes range from €66-109 each.

Tullow had 2,245 sheep on offer. Fat lamb prices were similar to recent weeks at €44-53 over the weight in a price range of €90-104. Stores sold for €66-88 or €32-48 over the €1/kg. Ewe lambs made up to €71 over the weight to a top price of €116. Prices for well fleshed cull ewes hit a high of €102, while thinner ewes for further feeding sold back to €46/hd.

At Athenry Mart yesterday the trade was very lively, with the fleshy lambs of 45-55kg freely making up to €53 with their weight. Ewe lambs weighing 40-46kg sold up to €54 over. Store lambs were generally making €43-50 over the €1/kg.

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Enniscorthy had more than 2,000 sheep at their sale. Trade was very firm across all the categories, especially for the store lambs which sold between €71-90/hd reflecting a price over the weight of €36-49. Butcher and factory lambs were making €38-48 over and selling for €87-105/hd. Tops for the ewe lambs was €112.

Hogget ewes made from €123 to €150 each, while culls made €43-107/hd.

Irish Independent

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