Sheep marts: Signals mixed at marts
Mixed signals were coming from the sheep marts as some reported significant improvement to prices while others were of the opinion that trade was under a bit of downward pressure over the past week.
Ewes with lambs at foot or even scanned in-lamb met with good demand and sold to €258.
Fermoy had a good trade yesterday. Lambs of 48-64kg sold for €59-73 over the weight.
In Athenry yesterday, good lambs sold for €68-76 over the €/kg. Ewes with twin lambs at foot made up to €240 while in-lamb hoggets made €140. Prices for fat cull ewes hit a high of €136. Ewes for further feeding sold from €40 up.
Scarce supplies resulted in a much improved trade in Enniscorthy. Butcher and factory hoggets were up €10/hd and were €111-130, which reflected €62-75 over their weight. Stores made €56-67 over and sell for €93-108. Ewe lambs sold for €115-133. Top for ewes with lambs at foot was €258. Other units sold back to €133 while cull ewes made €59-134.
Mountbellew had a smaller number of sheep on offer to the previous week. Hoggets and cull ewes met with a slightly easier trade. Ewes with lambs at foot and in-lamb ewes met a strong trade. Factory hoggets made €47-61 over while the store lambs sold for €45-55 over. Prices for the culls varied from a high of €110 back to €64.
Hoggets made €62-70 over at Tullow to sell for €107-122. Stores made €38-56. Fat ewes made up to €113 while ewes for feeding sold back to €54. In-lamb ewes made €115-195.
Stock numbers were quiet at Maam Cross. Lambs sold from €68-95. Blackface mountain ewes with lambs at foot made €75-111 while those scanned in-lamb made €60-85 each.
Baltinglass reported a strong demand for ewes scanned in-lamb and sold to €175. Heavy lambs made up to €114. Stores weighing 35-40kg sold for €75-100 each. Lighter types made up to €75 and cull ewes sold for €80-120.
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