Farm Ireland

Friday 27 April 2018

Trade starts to stabilise with some prices on the rise


Joe Healy

The mart trade for sheep appeared to stabilise over the past week after a few weeks of dropping prices. One mart even reported an improvement to lamb prices. Farmer activity for stores was extremely noticeable with €40-50 over the weight being the norm. Factory types were generally selling for €50-60 over. Heavy, fleshy cull ewes continue to make €120-130, while ewe lambs and ewe hoggets remained a good trade.

The well-fleshed lambs over 43kg were making €52-62 over the weight at Athenry Mart yesterday, while the lambs below this weight were selling for €42-52 over. Trade was tougher in Fermoy where the good lamb laboured between €47-57 over the weight. Plainer lambs sold from €40-46 over.

Apart from one pen of 56kg lambs making €120 (€64 over the €/kg) in Kilkenny yesterday, the general run for the rest of the lambs suitable for slaughter was €50-60 over the weight.

Carnew had a smaller sale with 900 on offer. Bucking the trend, trade was improved by €2-3/hd. Butcher and factor lambs made €95-112 each (€53-64 over their weight). Store lambs were a bit more plentiful and met with good farmer demand and generally made €45-50 over.

Mountbellew had a smaller number on offer to previous weeks. Lambs were a slightly easier trade. Farmer custom for store lambs and ewe lambs was active with a brisk trade as a result. There was also a firm trade for cull ewes, ewe hoggets and ewes with lambs at foot. Factory and butcher lambs struggled to make more than €50 with the weight.

Stores sold for €35-50 over with some nice ewe lambs making up to €71 over the €/kg. Lambs weighing 35-40kg made up to €95/hd at Baltinglass Mart, while the 40-45kg types made €97-104/hd.

Their opening breeding ewe sale for early lamb production will be on Saturday, July 9.

At Maam Cross the cull ewes sold for €45-65 each. Prices for ewes with a lamb or lambs at foot ran at €80-104/unit. The general price range for the lambs was €60-96/hd (€2.20-2.45/kg).

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