Sheep marts: Solid trade continues in all sheep categories
There is no sign of any slackening in the sheep trade as all categories continue strongly. Factories, butchers, farmers and exporters are all active, whether it's breeders, culls, stores or well-fleshed stock on offer.
Breeding ewes, apart from the hill or mountain types, are more or less coming to an end, but the few that are on offer remain in good demand, as are quality ewe lambs. Well-fleshed cull ewes continue to command prices of up to and more than €100/hd.
Mountbellew Mart had a large number of lambs on offer. Trade was steady, with a strong demand for factory and butcher's lambs and ewe lambs. Store lambs remain firm at €33-40 over the weight. Heavier types in the 45-50kg bracket sold for €45-52 over the €/kg. Ewe lambs up around 50kg made €50-52 over. Prices for the cull ewes ranged from €68-144/hd.
Trade was good for lambs at Baltinglass Mart, where the fat lambs sold for €80-90 each. Stores from 30-35kg made €35-46 over the weight. Prices for ewe lambs went as high as €120. There was a smaller than usual number of cull ewes on offer and the best of them sold to €70/hd.