Farm Ireland

Sunday 18 March 2018

Trade up ¤2/hd despite factories' bid to reduce prices


Joe Healy

Overall, the sheep trade was up by a minimum of €2/hd at the marts around the country over the past week. Lambs fit for slaughter were making from a low of €50 over up to a high of €67 with the €/kg. Stores sold for €65-95 while ewe lambs made as high as €147. Top for fat cull ewes was €135 while ewe hoggets made up to €192.

Despite the factories trying to exert downward pressure on prices this week, the trade at Fermoy and Athenry yesterday remained very strong.

Well fleshed lambs of 50-55kg in the Cork premises made €60-67 over the weight, with 54kg selling for a top price of €121.

Top with the weight from the early part of the sale in Athenry was €111 for 49kg (or €62 over), with the general run of nicely finished lambs selling for €50-60 over the €/kg. The best of the store lambs made as high as €65 over when €97 was paid for 32kg.

Lambs over 45kg were selling for €48-55 with the €/kg at Ballina Mart last week. Breeding rams made €100-315 each

Trade was very good at Enniscorthy, with prices for the 2,100 sheep up by €2-4/hd. Butcher lambs sold for €102-115 or €55-60 with the weight. Factory types made ¤50-58 over in a price range of €98-108. Stores sold for €77-95 each.

Lively demand resulted in ewe lambs making €100-147. Fat cull ewes made €100-120, while lighter lots sold for €50-88.

Blackface mountain breeding ewes at Maam Cross sold for €62-102, while the ewe hoggets sold to €128. Cross-bred lambs made €52-95 or €1.90-2.15/kg. Mountain-type lambs sold for €35-52/hd. Cull ewes made €36-75 each.

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Trade was up from the previous week for the 1,400 sheep on offer at Dowra Mart on Friday last, with the best of the store lambs making €70-92 each.

The best of the ewe lambs for breeding made €100-120 each. Mountain store lambs sold for €50-80, while the best of the cull ewes made €80-110/hd. Feeding ewes sold for €50-75 each.

Supplies of breeding ewes and ewe hoggets were smaller at Mountbellew but they met with firm trade. The hoggets sold strongly at €140-192, with the aged ewes making €100-162 while first crops made up to €188.

The best of the cull ewes hit a high of €135. Plainer types for further feeding sold back to €73.

Top for the ewe lambs was €129. Wether and ram lambs made €47-57 over the weight and stores ran at €75-94.

Baltinglass Mart had a smaller sale than the previous week but trade was similar.

Heavy lambs of 45-50kg sold for €94-110/hd.

The 40-45kg lambs sold for €80-95, while stores made €65-85. Cheviot ewe lambs ranged from €101-145.

Breeding ewes made €125-145, culls sold for €60-105 and breeding rams made €120-300.

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