Prices remain strong for all types
the general run was €84-98 over the weight for good quality lambs. Ewe hoggets reached a top price of €154/hd, while wether hoggets made €50-80 over.
Enniscorthy had its biggest sale of the year this week, with 2,500 sheep on offer. Prices improved by €2/hd on the previous week for spring lambs and hoggets. Spring lambs sold for € 122-145 (€ 84-96 over). Butcher and factory hoggets made €124-145 each (€78-88 over). Store hoggets sold for € 90-125 (€ 65-82 over), ewe hoggets made up to €150/hd, store ewes for feeding made € 35-70/ hd and heavy culls commanded prices of €90-157.
Blackface mountain ewes sold for €65-95/hd at Maam Cross, while crossbred ewes made up to € 130/ hd. Ewes scanned in-lamb sold for €105125 and ewes with lambs at foot made €140-181.
Ewes with lambs at foot were the big sellers at Dowra Mart on Saturday, where 850 sheep were on offer. Four young ewes with pairs of lambs at foot made €240-300, while ewes with single lambs made €140-220 each.
Mountbellew Mart reported a brisk trade for spring lambs and cull ewes. Top price for the young lambs was €144 for 52kg, while cull ewes made €73-153.
Spring lambs weighing 3035kg at Baltinglass Mart made up to €105. Hoggets from 4550kg sold up to €145/hd, while well-fleshed cull ewes sold up to €125/hd.