Farm Ireland

Thursday 22 February 2018

Well-finished lambs increase by €2-4/hd in sold trade

Joe Healy

The mart trade remains solid. Well-fleshed lambs made €60-80 with the weight. Stores sold for €60-100/hd. Ewes with two lambs at foot hit close to the €300 mark, while heavy culls sold to €134.

Prices appeared to have improved by €2-4/hd for the suitably finished lambs. The mart is the much better option for selling the heavier types as there is no cut-off point so the farmer gets paid for every kilogramme. One manager was anxious to advise farmers selling ewes in-lamb to scan them, as announcing they were running with the ram was no guarantee for potential customers.

Prices were very strong for the good quality lambs at Fermoy Mart yesterday. Prices for those types were at €68-83 over the weight. Lighter lambs sold for €60-70 over.

A small sale at Athenry Mart saw the lambs make €60-76 over the €/kg. Cull ewe prices ran at €70 for the store ewe up to €128 for the well-fleshed lots.

Tullow Mart had a small sale of 680 sheep. Fat lambs were up €3-4 and sold for €64-77 over, or €112-128. Stores made €48-68 with the weight, or €79-108. Cull ewe prices ran at €56-134. In-lamb ewes made €155-250/hd.

Dowra Mart had 640 sheep at their sale. Trade was up from the previous week. The best of the ewe lambs made €110-140, while the general run of lambs sold for €90-115. In-lamb ewes made €120-170, while ewes with lambs at foot made €140-200.

Blackface mountain ewes running with the ram sold for €75-130 at Maam Cross. Wether lambs made €55-80. Blackface ewe lambs sold up to €105 each and cross-bred lambs made €62-137.

Smaller numbers of sheep were reported at Mountbellew. Cull ewes met a firm trade and sold for €80-132, while there was a slightly easier trade for the lambs. Ewe lambs topped out at €130.

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Strong farmer demand for ewes with lambs at foot saw four fourth-crop ewes scanned with three lambs each due in March fetch €155/hd. A second-crop ewe with two lambs at foot made €290.

Baltinglass had larger numbers of sheep than recently and there was a lively trade for ewes scanned in-lamb and ewes with lambs at foot.

Ewes with a pair of lambs at foot made up to €240.

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