‘Trade was improved in cases but steady in general; supplies are tightening though’

Athenry’s Brian Hogan said that Monday’s sale of sheep was improved in cases on the previous Monday and said that supplies are beginning to get tighter.

Speaking to AgriLand after the conclusion of Monday’s sale, Brian said: “Supplies were steady on the day and decent for the time of the year but numbers are beginning to tighten.

“Looking at trade, butcher and factory hoggets were improved in some cases on the previous Monday.

The trade has been steady the last few weeks, but we did see an improvement on last week.

“I suppose to put a figure on it, you could say the butcher hoggets were improved in some cases by €7-8/head but that was only the case for a few a lots.

“In general, many of those heavy hoggets sold from €139-144/head, which was what we generally saw last week but we did have hoggets making €146-153/head on Monday.

“Factory hoggets were improved also and you could say they were stronger to the tune of about €5/head in places. In saying that, many of them sold from €130/head up to €135/head, which was the general run of them last week as well.

“We saw a good trade for the heavy cull ewes there today. The number of cull ewes on offer this week was well up on the previous Monday. There were some very strong pens of heavy ewes that sold anywhere from €134/head up to €139/head, with two exceptional lots selling for €140/head and €142/head respectively.”