With the factories using the bank holiday to try and put downward pressure on their quotes and prices, the mart trade suffered.
Lamb prices fell by anything up to €8/hd last week but well-fleshed cull ewes continued to command reasonably good prices of up to €120/hd for heavier lots. Ewes with lambs at foot made up to €260/unit.
In Athenry yesterday, the best of the lambs made up to €71 over. However, this was the exception rather than the rule, as the run for most lambs over 45kg was €55-67 over. Lighter lambs made €45-50 over.
Trade was a tad stronger in the south yesterday, as lambs made up to €76 over the weight at Fermoy Mart. Quite a few of the well-finished heavier type lambs were sold for €65-74 over the weight. Lambs of 43-47kg sold for €58-64 over.
Spring lambs made €100-125 (€60-78 over) at Enniscorthy. Heavy cull ewes sold for €95/hd, to a top price of €120, while store ewes made €48-85 each.
Tullow had 835 sheep on offer, where heavier lambs were back by €2-3/hd and sold for €62-81 over. Store prices fell by €1-2/hd, to a range of €51-60 over. Ewes with lambs at foot sold for €180-232/unit. Cull ewes made €45-100 each.
Kilkenny Mart had a smaller entry due to the change of sale day and prices were back by €6-8/hd on the previous week. Butcher lambs over 48 kg made €2.40-2.57/kg (€70-85 over). Factory lambs from 40-46kg sold for €2.40-2.58/kg (€60-75 over). Depending on flesh and weight, cull ewes ranged from €40-120 each. Ewes with lambs at foot made €200-220/unit.
Mountbellew had a large number of sheep on offer. Prices for stag ewes were firm at €80-118/hd. Lambs met a slightly easier trade compared with the previous week, as did ewes with lambs at foot. Spring lambs sold for €50-60 over the weight and hoggets made €168-184.
Spring lambs from 38-41kg sold for €97-€105 at Baltinglass Mart, while lighter lambs made up to €85. Cull ewes sold for €57-125. Breeding ewes (three and four-year-olds) with twin lambs made €200-€260/hd, while ewes with singles sold for €130-185.