There is a much brighter tone to this week’s sheep trade, with factory quotes increasing in cases by 5c/kg to 10c/kg, while there is more life in the mart trade, with prices increasing by €2 to €5 per head.
Factory quotes continue to range in the main from €6/kg to €6.10/kg, with Kildare Chilling the main movers lifting its quote for Monday by 10c/kg to a base of €6.20/kg plus 10c/kg quality assurance (QA) bonus.
Lambs trading from sellers with little negotiating power are starting in general at €6.20/kg for QA sheep and rising to €6.30/kg in Kildare Chilling.
Producers with greater negotiating power are pushing returns to €6.35/kg to €6.40/kg, while, at the top end of the market, prices are reported as hitting €6.50/kg for lambs achieving conformation bonuses or the equivalent when allowances on transport are factored into the price.
Kilkenny Mart auctioneer George Candler reported prices in Monday’s sale increasing by €2 to €5 per head and a full clearance of the 700 sheep on offer.
Heavier lambs weighing in excess of 48kg received the greatest boost, with prices for lambs weighing 48kg to 53kg ranging from €132 to a top of €140 per head.
Lighter lots weighing 42kg to 46kg sold from €114 to €128, while store lambs weighing 36kg to 41kg sold around the €100 per head mark.
Cull ewes were a fantastic trade, with top prices rising to €220.
Ennis Mart also recorded a livelier trade in Monday’s sale, with prices increasing by a similar figure of up to €5/head.
Heavier lots weighing upwards of 48kg sold from €129 to €138 on average, with fleshed lambs weighing 42kg to 46kg trading in the main from €122 to €128.
A handful of lots lacking flesh and lighter types weighing back to 40kg sold from €114 to €120.
There was also a good appetite for store lambs, with several lots of lambs weighing 35kg to 36.5kg selling from €103 to €107 for well-presented quality lots.