Farm Ireland

Saturday 25 November 2017

Sheep Marts: Steady trade as stock held back

Joe Healy

The breeding season is in full swing at the moment and the solid lamb trade since last October has resulted in a renewed optimism in the sector.

Farmers are anxious to, at the very least, hold onto a similar number of breeding ewes for the year ahead, while others are actively trying to increase their flock. Quality young breeding stock continues to be the best sellers, with a relatively steady trade reported for the rest of the sheep.

Tullow Mart had 1,878 sheep on offer with a good strong trade for factory and butcher lambs. Prices ranged from €82-104/hd, or €40-53 over. Store lambs sold for €28-43 over the weight, realising prices of €62-83/hd. Cast ewes sold for €42-106. Breeding ewe hoggets remained steady at €140-178.

Mountbellew had a large number of sheep on offer. Store lambs were a slightly easier trade on the previous week with good demand for ewe lambs and factory lambs. The smaller number of breeding stock on offer met with a brisk trade.

Strong ewe lambs sold up to €64 over the weight, while lighter types sold for €38-43 over. Wether lambs from 40-50kg generally made €35-43 over the kilogramme.

Store lambs ranged in price from €60-82. Hogget ewes ranged in price from €125 to €184. First-crop ewes sold from €100 to €146, while second crops sold for €90-128. Prices for the older ewes ranged from €75 to €104.

Pedigree Charollais ram prices varied from €300 to €760/hd, with half of them in the €400-500 bracket. Cull ewes sold for €55-96/hd.


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Trade held well, with crossbred lambs back slightly in Maam Cross. Mountain Blackface wether lambs averaged €30-54/hd, with the ewe lambs ranging from €40 to €75. Cross-bred lambs made €40-80/hd. Prices for breeding ewes ran from €55 to €75/hd, while the hoggets made €65-135. Cull ewes made €35-50.

Maam Cross has a special Blackface ewe sale with blackface lambs this Saturday.

Dowra Mart had 2,900 sheep on offer last Saturday with a continuing strong trade for the store lambs. Heavier lambs met an easier trade on the day and made €75-90/hd each.

The best of the store lambs sold for €60-80, while lighter lambs made €45-58/hd.

A smaller entry of breeding ewes met with an improved demand. Hoggets made €125-165 each, while good two- and three-year-old ewes made €110-135/hd. The best of the cull ewes sold for €75-95, while lighter ewes for feeding made €45-65/hd.

Irish Independent