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).