There were reduced numbers of sales in the past week as a result of fewer marts taking place. In addition, Tuesday’s announcement of the closure of livestock marts will have a major knock-on effect for farmers in the coming weeks.

Heavy butchers’ hoggets have seen prices hold reasonably well. Those over 50kg are selling mainly from €122 to €130/head. Prices at the upper end are now running about €3/head behind the same time last week. The high prices seen a few weeks ago are not as easily attained now. With sales now closed, butcher buyers are said to be actively seeking numbers, with some marts trying to facilitate.