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