Over the last month cull ewes have not moved from €2.60-2.70/kg but they were being bought yesterday at €2.90/kg.
Moving to factory quotes, we see an upswing across both spring lamb and hogget prices, while the cull ewe also got a gee up yesterday.
The biggest movers on the spring lamb prices yesterday were Kepak Athleague who had to rediscover 25c/kg of that 35c/kg they had managed to lose off their spring lamb quote.
They are now top of the price chart this week at €6.00/kg+5c/kg bonus.
Kildare Chilling are second on that chart on a price of €5.90/kg+10c quality assurance, next up are Moyvalley on €5.90/kg and Dawn Ballyhaunis on €5.80/kg for spring lamb.
The two ICMs who were the major offenders when they dropped 40c/kg to €5.60+10QA last week also managed to find more money and move their quotes back up 20c/kg to €5.80+10c/kg bonus.
Dawn Ballyhaunis are the major movers in the hogget trade this week as they lift their quote for hoggets by 20c/kg to €5.00/kg.
Among the cull ewes Kildare Chilling and Kepak are the top payers this week on €2.60/kg+10QA and €2.65/kg+5QA respectively, while the two ICM’s are on €2.50/kg.
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With Kilkenny beaten, all that was left for Jim Bush yesterday morning to declare was that both Wexford hurling and the sheep trade are “both in rude good health”. The hurling aside, 48kg+ spring lamb yesterday made from €125-132/hd, with the lighter factory types from 39-44kgs making from €110-125/hd. Cast ewes hit a top of €137/hd, as Jim quipped: “You wouldn’t get a bid for them a month ago.” Ewe hoggets were not “overly plentiful” resulting in prices improving to €128-154/hd.
There were smaller numbers and prices for spring lamb improved by €5-7/hd. This improvement saw 46-50kg springs selling from €120-125/hd, 40-45kgs made from €108-122/hd, with 33-35kgs making from €80-90/hd. Hoggets over 50kgs made from €115-120/hd, with 45-49kgs making from €109-119/hd. Demand for ewe hoggets was strong as farmers moved to replace or increase numbers of breeding stock at prices from €125-145/hd. Cull ewes were up about €5/hd at €65-130/hd.
The trade yesterday saw a good yard of lambs sell fast. Butchers lambs from 48-53kgs sold from €123-135/hd, with factory lambs from 43-47kgs coming in at €110-125/hd. The trade for store lambs saw prices extend from €97/hd for 37kgs up to €11/hd for 42kgs. Cast ewes made from €60-124/hd.
The trade yesterday was reported as “very good” as sheep prices moved very positively. Butchers lambs from 48-57kgs sold from €117-134/hd, while store lambs in the 42-46kg range made from €71-117/hd. Hoggets from 60-72kgs made from€85-121/hd, with cast ewes selling from 470-120/hd. Ewes with single lambs at foot made from €125-158/hd.
Second crop ewes with twins sold from €185-260/hd in a sale where overall numbers were similar to the previous week. Heavier lamb suitable for the butcher trade made from €100-131/hd with cull ewes selling from €99-123/hd.
Numbers were smaller than other weeks with manager Michael Harty commenting that the wet conditions over the last two weeks has slowed thrive, “lambs needs the sun on their backs to keep coming”. As it was, those spring lamb present sold to a top of €125/hd while the top of the cull ewe market was from €95-100/hd with €70/hd about the average.