The trade for ewe lambs and ewe hoggets continues to defy expectations with prices running as high as €40 to €50 above 2019 levels. This has resulted in record prices being achieved in a number of producer-group breeding sales held in the last week.

The Mayo Mule and Greyface Group recorded a buoyant trade on Friday when an entry of over 800 hoggets averaged €210 and a 100% clearance rate. This was a €45 per head increase on 2019 levels. The sale was followed on Saturday by a lightening trade for ewe lambs with almost 2,000 lambs averaging €155, up €28 on 2019 levels and breaking the €200 mark on a number of occasions.