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Friday 15 December 2017

Pictures and prices: Get the latest from the sheep marts as factories pull lamb price

Dowra Mart Sheep. Fiachra Kiernan from Belturbet, Co. Cavan checks out a pen for his father Finbarr. Photo Brian Farrell
Dowra Mart Sheep. Fiachra Kiernan from Belturbet, Co. Cavan checks out a pen for his father Finbarr. Photo Brian Farrell
Martin Coughlan

Martin Coughlan

Due to the Bank Holiday, I am inclined to think the factory bosses may have decided to get their retaliation on price in first so to speak.

They may have decided that with numbers adequate for a shorter week the time had come to chance pulling the price on farmers.

Balance this against the report from Jim Bush of New Ross mart yesterday morning who told me that his sale for spring lamb and hogget “was on fire”.

“Heavy hogget and lamb were very dear,” he said, as 51-56kg spring lamb made from €135-142/hd while 58kg hogget hit €150/hd.

3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep. 17 Lambs. Price €114. Photo Brian Farrell
3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep. 17 Lambs. Price €114. Photo Brian Farrell

Lighter lamb were a little easier at €126/hd for 45-46kgs, with factory types in the 40-41kg bracket selling from €100-110/hd.

“Sheep may not be as plentiful as people think” was Jim’s verdict.

3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep. 14 Hoggets and 2year olds. Price €108. Photo Brian Farrell
3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep. 14 Hoggets and 2year olds. Price €108. Photo Brian Farrell

Marts Roundup

1 MAAM CROSS

Although numbers were lower that lack of volume may have helped prices with manager Eoin Burke noting “great demand” for mountain ewe hoggets.

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3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep/ I ewe 2 Lambs. Price €231. Photo Brian Farrell
3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep/ I ewe 2 Lambs. Price €231. Photo Brian Farrell

Their prices hit a top of €105/hd off a €90/hd base. Mountain ewes with lambs at foot were also “a flying trade” with prices ranging from an average of €80/hd to a top of €125/hd, while better combinations hit up to €190/hd.

2 ENNIS

3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep. 4 Ewes 8 Lambs. Price €180. Photo Brian Farrell
3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep. 4 Ewes 8 Lambs. Price €180. Photo Brian Farrell

Spring lamb of 50-61kgs made from €128-135/hd or €2.21-2.56/kg with various lots at 46kgs coming in at €123-125/hd or from €2.67-2.71/kg. Moving down the weights, we find 42kgs at €117/hd or €2.78/kg.

Among the cast ewes, the poorer type went as low as €40/hd while the better animal saw €129/hd achieved.

3 TULLOW

Trade was described as “much improved” with the 46-52kgs selling from €128-140/hd and the majority hitting between €130-$134/hd. Among the lighter lambs, 40-44kgs, the range was from €110-€126/hd with the majority here going from €115-€120/hd.

3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep. 4 Ewes 8 Lambs. Price €180. Photo Brian Farrell
3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep. 4 Ewes 8 Lambs. Price €180. Photo Brian Farrell

Store lamb numbers were up with the lighter, 32kg lamb making €82/hd while those from 35-38kgs made from €84-94/hd with on pen of 39kgs making €100/hd. Two to three year old ewes with lambs at foot made up to €150/hd while those with twins made up to 4230/hd.

Hoggets with lambs sold to a high of €160/hd.

3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep. 7Ewes and 9 Lambs. Price €145. Photo Brian Farrell
3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep. 7Ewes and 9 Lambs. Price €145. Photo Brian Farrell

4 ROSCOMMON

Numbers were down and it coincided a slight dip in price for spring lamb.

Prices saw 57.5kgs make €125/hd or €2.17/kg with prices in the 48-49kg section hovering around €120-€122/hd mark.

3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep. 7Ewes and 9 Lambs. Price €145. Photo Brian Farrell
3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep. 7Ewes and 9 Lambs. Price €145. Photo Brian Farrell
3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep 12 Fat Lambs. Price €125.5. Photo Brian Farrell
3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep 12 Fat Lambs. Price €125.5. Photo Brian Farrell

Lighter 46-42kg lambs typically sold from €2.57-2.71/kg. Cast ewes made from €77-€105/hd while among the ewes with lambs at foot those with singles made from €175-€210/hd while those with twins made up to €210/hd

5 BALLINASLOE

Spring lamb prices averaged €107/hd while among the hoggets prices ranged from €117-138/hd. Stag ewes saw the average price settle at €85/hd with the top achieved being €150/hd.

3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep I ewe 2 Lambs. Price €231. Photo Brian Farrell
3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep I ewe 2 Lambs. Price €231. Photo Brian Farrell

6 MOUNTBELLEW

There were larger numbers, with the trade for ewes with lambs at foot described as “very brisk”. First crop ewes with single lambs at foot made from €170-210/hd while those with twins sold from €186-270/hd.

Spring lambs remained steady with 48kgs making up to €120/hd while prices for those in the 40-44kg bracket ranged from €100-112/hd with 36kgs making €89/hd.

3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep ewe 2 Lambs. Price €231. Photo Brian Farrell
3/6/2017. Dowra Mart Sheep ewe 2 Lambs. Price €231. Photo Brian Farrell

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