Farm Ireland

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Trade still brisk as factories hunting numbers

Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

The sheep trade in the marts remains brisk.

In Kilkenny yesterday, 950 lambs and ewes were offered, and good demand was evident for all stock.

Factory buyers were very active as they paid €57-67 over for the bulk of stock. A top of €112 was paid for a 45kg lamb. Heavy lambs made up to €114.

There was an improved trade in Headford, where 380 sheep were on offer. Lambs made from €85-110/hd, ewe lambs from €100-118 and cull ewes and rams from €65-100/hd.

At Athenry Mart yesterday 50kg + lambs made up to €67 over the weight, while the more factory type sold from €46-56 with their weight.

At Maam Cross on Saturday lambs averaged €48/hd and sold to a maximum of €81/hd. Cull ewes averaged €49/hd and sold to a top of €77/hd, while rams averaged €45/hd and sold up to €79/hd.


In Mountbellew there was a similar number of sheep on offer to the previous week. There was strong demand for cull ewes and heavier lots of hoggets. Prices for cull ewes ranged from €54-132.50. Most lots of heavier ewes exceeded €100. Hoggets generally sold for €40-60 along with their weight.

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There was also good demand for in-lamb ewes. Three second-crop ewes, due to lamb on March 1 and scanned with triplets, made €144. Three third-crop ewes, due to lamb on March 1 and scanned with triplets, sold for €124. Two third-crop ewes, due to lamb at the end of this month and scanned with twins, made €121. Five third- and fourth-crop ewes, which are due to lamb this month and are scanned with singles, made €83.

Irish Independent