Farm Ireland

Friday 23 March 2018

Trade steady with rams starring

Sheep marts

Joe Healy

Despite the odd report of the heavier lambs meeting with a slightly easier trade, the overall picture was of a pretty steady market with good demand for all breeding stock and cull ewes with the stores probably a shade stronger than over recent weeks. The ram trade is lively at the moment, with many pedigree sales being held all across the country. Prices tend to be in the €300 to €600 range for most of the commercial types. Nicely fleshed lambs are generally selling for €45-55, with the weight which sees prices close enough to and slightly over the €100/hd mark. Prices were back by €2-3/hd for the lambs in the sale of 3,500 sheep at Enniscorthy Mart. Demand for breeding ewes and rams was strong, with the pedigree Texel rams making €350-500, while the Vendeens made €300-400 each. Ewe hoggets sold for €160-200.

Dowra Mart had 3,400 sheep on offer on Saturday last with an improved trade for the better selection of stock on offer. The best of the ewe lambs made from €110-142 each, while the forward store lambs made from €75 to €92/hd.

At Maam Cross, Blackface mountain breeding ewes sold for €58-112, with the hoggets making €127-172. On Thursday next at 8pm in Burkes of Clonbur there will be a meeting to discuss the future of the Blackface mountain sheep, while next Saturday is their annual sale for the mountain ewes, hoggets and lambs.

The Aughrim breeders had 2,000 between ewes and lambs at their show and at Baltinglass Mart with a good trade resulting in an almost total clearance.

Mountbellew had a large number of sheep on offer. Lambs were a slightly easier trade despite good demand for quality lots of store, factory and ewe lambs.

A big entry of 4,100 sheep was on offer at Carnew Mart. Butcher and factory lambs were steady at €47-55 over selling for €95-105.

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