Trade remains solid despite price pressure from processors
Despite the processors very obviously trying to exert downward pressure on prices, the mart trade held pretty solid for all categories of sheep over the past week.
The heavy lambs were slightly easier by about €2/hd, but stores held their own. Cull ewes sold to a top of €144. Good ewe lambs made up to €150, while tops for ewe hoggets was €210. The general run for breeding ewes was €130-180 depending on age. Factory lambs sold from €50-65 over the €1/kg for the most part.
Lambs were making up to €64 over in Athenry yesterday, with a tops with the weight of €113 for 49kg. Store lambs sold for €40-50 over.
Heavy lambs were back slightly in Fermoy selling from €50-55 over the €/kg.
Dowra Mart had 3,800 sheep on offer on Saturday with a large percentage of them being store lambs. Trade continues to be strong for the good forward store lambs and the top ewe lambs.
Prices for the good ewe hoggets ranged from €170 to €205. Plainer hoggets made from €135 €165 each. Heavy cull ewes sold for €80-120. Culls for grazing and further feeding made from €50-75 each. Their annual show and sale for breeding ewes and hoggets takes place on Friday.
At Carnew Mart the factory lambs were easier by €2 but stores and ewe lambs were a very strong trade. Prices were up €3/hd and selling for €52-80 over the weight.
Heavy well-fleshed lambs made €50-62 over. Stores moved at €40-52 over. Breeding rams traded from €220-450.