The sheep trade continues on steady footing this week, with prices, across the board, unchanged on last week.

Factories have continued to stay with what they were offering last week, with base prices for spring lambs ranging from €7.95/kg up to €8.10/kg, and quality assured lambs moving at prices ranging from €8.05/kg up to €8.20/kg.

This is leaving spring lamb prices at the top end of the market ranging anywhere from €8.25-8.30/kg, with prices 5-10c/kg above this being secured also.

Factory quotes for hoggets remain unchanged at €7.05-7.20/kg, with top prices to €7.30-7.40/kg in general; prices above this level are also reportedly being secured, but to a smaller extent.

The ewe trade, similar to the spring lambs and hoggets, remains solid, with factories quoting €3.70-3.80/kg.

Top prices for ewes are ranging from €3.80/kg up to €4.20/kg.

Steady trade at sheep sales on Monday

The trade at marts yesterday (May 30) remained solid, with prices on par to last week.

Looking to Kilkenny and Ennis Marts, numbers of spring lambs on offer were strong and prices ranged from €3.20/kg up to €3.90/kg, with many lambs moving at prices ranging from €160-165/head up to €175/head.

The cull ewe trade remains solid as well, with prices at Kilkenny Mart topping €226 and €198 at Ennis Mart.