Sheep marts: Butchers and wholesalers add more bite to the spring lamb trade

The presence of butchers and wholesalers helped drive the spring lamb trade in Kilkenny Mart, Cillin Hill on Monday, according to the Mart’s Auctioneer George Candler.

Candler said there was an excellent sheep trade, with the prices for lambs exceeding expectations. Lambs sold to a top price of €134/head, up from €131/head last week.

Butcher and factory lambs traded from €2.35-2.50/kg and €2.45-2.60/kg respectively.

The Auctioneer said there was an excellent trade for all of the sheep on offer, including cast ewes which made €60-125 each and ewes with single lambs which traded from €130-195.

Mountbellew Mart

There was also some improvement seen in the spring lamb trade in Mountbellew Mart on Saturday, according to the Mart Manager Marianne Higgins.

The majority of the lambs on offer sold from €2.42-2.66/kg.

Sample spring lamb prices:

  • 43kg: €114.50 or €2.66/kg
  • 45kg: €115 or €2.56/kg
  • 42.5kg: €110 or €2.59/kg
  • 49kg: €116 or €2.42/kg
  • 41.5kg: €106 or €2.55/kg
  • 40kg: €102 or €2.55/kg

Higgins also said there was very strong buyer activity for good quality ewe hoggets. These lots traded from €126-161 each. Cast ewes made €75-118 each, with the majority of lots making over €100.

However, Higgins said there was a smaller number of ewes and lambs on offer and these lots traded from €138-186.

Carnew Mart

Spring lamb prices improved by €5-8/head in Carnew Mart on Saturday, according to the Mart Manager David Quinn.

Quinn said there was 1,800 sheep on offer and spring lambs over 40kg made €105-122 each, while the lighter lambs (<40kg) traded from €85-102 each.

Butcher and factory hoggets met a similar trade to last week making €108-122 each, while cast ewes traded from €65 up to €129 for the heavier fleshed lots.

Ewes with lambs at foot were pretty much unchanged at €140-215 for ewes with singles lambs and €185-245 for ewes with twin lambs.

Roscommon Mart

There were good numbers of sheep on offer in Roscommon Mart on Wednesday, according to the Mart Manager Maura Quigley.

Quigley said the prices paid for lambs were even better than last week, as the hammer fell on most lots from €106-119 each.

Sample spring lamb prices:

  • 45.2kg: €112 or €2.48/kg
  • 42.10kg: €106 or €2.52/kg
  • 38kg: €90 or €2.37/kg
  • 54kg: €119 or €2.20/kg
  • 52kg: €117 or €2.25/kg
  • 48kg: €115 or €2.40/kg

However, the cast ewe trade was a little easier than the week before and these lots traded from €60-110, while ewes with twin lambs made up to €299 and ewes with singles sold up €208 each.