Heart­en­ing prices for Valen­tine’s Day

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fac­tory source was con­fi­dent enough that tight sup­plies should help to un­der­pin the trade, at least for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

Good things come to those who wait and God knows sheep farm­ers have waited l ong enough for some good news.

Trade at the marts also reaped t he ben­e­fits of strength­en­ing fac­tory prices.

The IFA’s John Lynskey said that farm­ers who have in­curred the ex­pense of car­ry­ing and feed­ing lambs to this stage need to be get­ting €5/kg.

Years ago in sci­ence class, we learned that for ev­ery ac­tion there is an op­po­site and equal re­ac­tion and the pos­i­tive 30c/kg r e f er r ed t o for the l ambs com­pared to 12 months ago is negated some­what by the 3040c/kg less that is be­ing of­fered for cull ewes when com­pared to Fe­bru­ary 2013.

All the plants con­tinue to quote 200c/kg but prices of up to 230c/kg and pos­si­bly more are be­ing ne­go­ti­ated.

Cu­mu­la­tive sup­ply is back 10pc, or 23,000hd, com­pared to 2013 fig­ures.

In Bri­tain, tight­en­ing sup­plies con­tin­ued to help t rade up­wards. The SQQ l i ve price for lambs in Eng­land and Wales was mak­ing t he equiv­a­lent of around €5.14/kg dead­weight to­wards the end of the week.

In France, the mar­ket was still quiet, with de­mand un­der some pres­sure from a strong sup­ply of Bri­tish lamb.

Prices for Ir­ish Grade 1 lamb were around €4. 93kg

(in­clu­sive of VAT).

MARTS

With num­bers tight­en­ing, the mart trade showed fur­ther im­prove­ment over the past week and this con­tin­ued into the sales held yes­ter­day in Athenry, Kilkenny and Fer­moy. The lat­ter was prob­a­bly the pick of the crop with a num­ber of pens of heavy lambs mak­ing from €58-68 with the €/kg and sell­ing to top prices of €120.

Lambs of 40 -50kg were sell­ing for €40-55 over. Cull ewes made from €40-90/hd, while ewes with sin­gle lambs at foot sold for €112-172/unit.

Prices for lambs in Kilkenny were up by €2-3/hd. Butcher lambs sold in a price range of €106-117 or €52-62 with their weight.

Fac­tory types were mak­ing from €94-110 or €53-61 over. Prices for stores ran from €7585 each.

Cull ewes sold for €60-90. Athenry’s sale was not just as brisk as the other two with lamb prices strug­gling to break the €60 over the €/kg, rang­ing from €50-60 over.

Lighter lambs were mak­ing from €40-54 over the weight. Else­where, dur­ing the week ewes with lambs at foot hit a high of €200.

There were big­ger num­bers of 1,800 on of­fer at Carnew Mart with im­proved lamb prices of €2-3 on the pre­vi­ous week. Cull ewes were up by €5/hd at a range from €35-101.

The butcher and fac tor y lambs sold for €57-63 over the €/kg at prices of €102-116. Stores made from €75-101 or €42-61 with the weight.

Prices for ewes with lambs at foot varied from €100-160 while in-lamb ewes made from €105-140.

Mount­bellew had a sim­i­lar num­ber of sheep on of­fer to the pre­vi­ous week. Cull ewes met with good de­mand, es­pe­cially for heav­ier lots, and sold from €50-91.

Suit­ably fleshed lambs were a firm trade and made up to €55 over their weight. Stores made up to €95. Sec­ond crop ewes with a pair of lambs each topped out at €200. Sec­ond crops scanned with triplets and due in March sold for €131 while sim­i­lar age ewes car­ry­ing eight twins and two sin­gles sold for €137.

The sheep trade was im­proved at Dowra Mart last Satur­day with the top pens of lambs mak­ing from €80-104, while the gen­eral run of the stores made from €50-80 each. In-lamb ewes s ol d from €80-130.

The tops of the cull ewes made from €60-85 each, while ewes for fur­ther feed­ing made from €35-55 each.

Over in Maam Cross the Black­face moun­tain ewes in lamb were mak­ing from €45-72. Wether hoggets made from €4573. Cross-bred lambs moved at prices of €30-68 in the main but a few top pens made up to €80. Black­face wether and ram lambs made from €35-58.

The heavy lambs down in Enniscorthy were mak­ing from €50-57 over at €103-107/hd. Fac tor y lots made from €99-102/hd.

Good de­mand for stores re­sulted in prices of €75-98 or €52-57 over the €/kg. Light cull ewes sold for €37-66. Heavy types made from €77-92.

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