Sheep Marts: Slight improvement in hogget trade
Trade showed some signs of improvement at Tullow Mart in Co. Carlow, with heavy hoggets up €4-5/head at the sale on Tuesday, February 21.
There was a brisk trade reported for factory or butcher hoggets, with lots selling for €108-115/head. One lot weighing 48kg sold for €115/head and a lot weighing 56kg made €108/head.
Store lambs over 40kg sold for €92-100, with one lot weighing 43kg selling for €100/head. Store lambs under 40kg sold from €78/head.
Feeding types weighing between 60-80kg sold for between €10-18 along with their weight. One lot weighing 78kg made €97/head.
Prices of €140-190 were received for in-lamb ewes, ewes with single lambs at foot sold for €140-185, while ewes with twin lambs at foot sold for up to €225/unit.
A steady trade for hoggets was reported in Tuam Mart in Co. Galway on Tuesday, February 21.
Hoggets were sold for €50-57 along with their weight, with heavier hoggets making up to €112/head.
Cast ewes made €100-130/head at the sale in Tuam Mart, while ewes with lambs at foot sold for €140-196/unit.
- 55kg – €112 or €2.03c/kg.
- 60kg – €112 or €1.86c/kg.
- 55Kg – €108 or €1.95c/kg.
A steady trade, with slight improvements, was reported in Fermoy Mart at the sale on Monday, February 20, with a total of 350 sheep on offer.
Butcher hoggets sold for €100-111/head, or for €52-57 along with their weight.
With regards to factory and store hoggets, prices of €74-102/head were received at the sale or €37-56 on top of their weight.
- 56kg – €111 or €1.98/kg.
- 52kg – €109 or €2.09/kg.
- 48kg – €103 or €2.14/kg.
- 46kg – €102 or €2.21/kg.
- 42kg – €88 or €2.09/kg.
- 38kg – €83 or €2.18/kg.
Cast ewes sold for €26-110/head, while this week saw the first of the ewes with lambs at foot coming to the sale in Fermoy Mart.
Prices for ewes with lambs at foot varied at €137-200/unit, with five ewes and eight lambs making €180/unit.