Sheep marts: Prices of €150-155/head for hoggets seen regularly at sales

Over the past week, mart managers have been reporting a stronger trade for well-fleshed hoggets in excess of 50kg.

One mart manager said that butcher and wholesale buyers have been very active and that they have been “blowing factory agents out of the water” in their attempts to secure supplies.

Mart managers have been reporting the trade to be stronger anywhere from €2-6/head on the previous week.

Prices of €150-155/head were seen more regularly for good-quality fleshed hoggets, while in cases prices of over €160/head were reported.

In saying that, average quality hoggets above 50kg at some sales sold back as far as €142-143/head, so there is still quite a bit of variation in prices being paid out for those finished types.

Hoggets in the 47-49kg range have generally been making from €135/head up to €150/head.

Heavy cull ewes have also been trading strongly this past week, with the general run of prices for those fleshed ewes ranging from €125/head up to €135/head, with exceptional lots rising to €140-145/head and up to €150/head in cases.

Another dispersal sale of a strong 150-ewe flock took place at Tullow Mart last week. The flock, which was predominately made up of Suffolk cross ewes made from €190/head up to €230/head, with the majority selling from €215/head up to €230/head. Some sales reported prices of up to €260/head for in-lamb ewes.

Ewes with lambs at foot, particularly strong ewes with twin lambs at foot, continue to be met with a strong demand.

Ewes with single lambs at foot have been selling from €130/unit up to €180-190/unit, with better-quality lots rising to €200-225/unit.

Furthermore, ewes with twin lambs at foot have generally been selling from €220/unit up to €300/unit, with some mart managers reporting prices of up to €325/unit.

Baltinglass Mart

Tom Coleman of Baltinglass Mart reported a good sale of sheep at Saturday’s sale (February 20).

Tom said that the trade was improved on the previous week, with prices stronger by the tune of €2-4/head.

Those heavy butcher hoggets were a very strong trade, with a top price of €155/head paid out for a pen of 10 weighing 52kg.

Stores were also a fine trade, with one standout price of €139/head (or €3.39/kg) being paid out for a pen of 18 weighing 41kg.

Cull ewes were also a strong trade, with prices for heavy cull ewes topping out at €148/head. A selection of ewes with single lambs at foot made up to €180/unit.

Sample hogget prices:

  • 10 at 52kg sold for €155/head or €2.98/kg;
  • 20 at 53kg sold for €155/head or €2.92/kg;
  • 20 at 55kg sold for €155/head or €2.81/kg;
  • Seven at 58kg sold for €152/head or €2.62/kg;
  • 18 at 41kg sold for €139/head or €3.39/kg;
  • Seven at 43kg sold for €132/head or €3.06/kg;
  • 10 at 42kg sold for €125/head or €2.97/kg;
  • Four at 36kg sold for €109/head or €3.02/kg;
  • Two at 30kg sold for €91/head or €2.94/kg.

Roscommon Mart

Roscommon Mart held its weekly sheep sale on Wednesday last (February 17). The mart’s manager, Maura Quigley, reported a larger number on offer, with the trade unchanged on the previous week.

Finished hoggets made up to €152 for 63.8kg. Prices for those hoggets in excess of 50kg varied quite a bit, with prices starting just over the €140/head mark and making up to €152/head.

The cast ewe trade was also similar to the previous week, with prices for stores starting out at €70/head, with heavy stags hitting a high of €144/head.

Sample hogget prices: 

  • 63.8kg sold for €152/head or €2.38/kg;
  • 56kg sold for €150/head or €2.67/kg;
  • 52kg sold for €150/head or €2.88/kg;
  • 54.6kg sold for €149/head or €2.72/kg;
  • 52kg sold for €147/head or €2.82/kg;
  • 50.3kg sold for €143/head or €2.84/kg;
  • 48.1kg sold for €138/head or €2.86/kg;
  • 45.2kg sold for €130/head or €2.87/kg.

In-lamb ewes sold up to €260/head. Ewes with one lamb at foot made up to €225/unit while ewes with two lambs at foot sold up to €300/unit.