Sheep marts: Solid demand all round, as prices for heavy hoggets creep up

There was an improved trade for heavy hoggets at many sales last week, with prices stronger by as much as €1-3/head.

Poor weather conditions later in the week led to entries to sales being that bit smaller; however, in the main, it didn’t have too much impact on the trade.

Looking at the trade, heavy hoggets upwards of 50kg, in general, sold from €139/head up to €145/head, with select lots rising to €149-153/head at some sales.

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Hoggets in the 47-49kg range made from €129/head up to €138/head on average, with some lacking flesh making back to €125/head.

43-46kg hoggets traded from €120/head up to €129/head mainly, with select quality lots breaking the €130/head mark.

40-42kg stores have been selling from €110/head up to €120/head in general, with better quality lots selling upwards of €120/head.

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37-39kg hoggets have been selling from €95/head up to €110/head for good quality types, with exceptional lots making up to €115/head. While more cross-bred types in the same weight bracket have been trading from €85/head up to €95/head.

The trade for culls remained firm last week, with many of those heavy ewes trading from €120/head up to €135/head, with select lots making €136-142/head.

Ewes with lambs at foot remain a good trade, with ewes and single lambs generally selling from €150/unit up to €190/unit, while ewes with twin lambs at foot have been selling from upwards of €200 and making up to highs of €260-295/unit mainly.

Carnew Mart

There were smaller numbers on offer at Carnew Mart on Thursday last (February 11); however, this didn’t impact on the trade, with the mart manager, David Quinn, reporting prices to be up €1-2/head on last week.

David contributed the smaller sale to the poor weather conditions. Looking at the trade, the bulk of the heavy hoggets on offer ranged from €140/head up to €144/head.

Stores from 39-42kg generally sold from €110/head up to €120/head, while hoggets in the 43-48kg weight bracket sold from €120/head up to €135/head.

Sample hogget prices: 

  • 11 weighing 49kg sold for €142/head or €2.53/kg;
  • 25 weighing 52kg sold for €144/head or €2.76/kg;
  • 14 weighing 50kg sold for €141/head or €2.82/kg;
  • 48 weighing 47kg sold for €129/head or €2.74/kg;
  • 13 weighing 46kg sold for €125/head or €2.71/kg;
  • 19 weighing 42kg sold for €118/head or €2.80/kg;
  • 60 weighing 41kg sold for €116/head or €2.82/kg;
  • 19 weighing 39kg sold for €112/head or €2.87/kg.

Lastly, cull ewes, store types sold from €78/head up to €115/head, while heavier types sold from €118/head up to a tops of €137/head.