Ramadan festival boosts sheep trade
Darren Carty
Factories have gone from a situation of trying to reduce hogget quotes following Easter buying to now increasing them to try and source higher numbers for the Ramadan festival.
3 April 2024 Markets
Sheep Trends: Ramadan festival boosting hogget demand
Factory agents have increased activity as the week has progressed in sourcing hoggets for the Ramadan festival.
20 March 2024 Management
Sheep Management: artificially rearing lambs and selling cull ewes and lambs
Costs can quickly accumulate where artificially rearing lambs if the volume of milk replacer fed is not kept in check.
In pictures: cull ewes sell to €360 in Ballybofey and Stranorlar Mart
There was a lightning trade for heavy cull ewes, with large-framed ewes weighing upwards of 95kg to 100kg selling in the main from €200 to €260/head.
15 March 2024 Markets
Red hot sheep trade sees fat ewes make £343
With buyers sourcing numbers for Ramadan, the live trade for fat sheep continues to set the pace on price.
13 March 2024 Northern Ireland
Sheep mart prices: top hogget process exceeding €200/head
Sales entries have increased marginally, with many farmers targeting peak buying this week ahead of the start of the Ramadan festival on 10 March.
6 March 2024 Markets
Sheep Management: early lactation feeding and suitability of sheep for slaughter
Grass supplies are fair-to-good on many farms, but adverse weather is hampering utilisation in many areas and complicating early lactation feeding.
6 March 2024 Management
Buoyant beef markets must be reflected in price – IFA
Factories are very anxious for cattle, are freely paying 10c/kg above quoted prices and looking for cattle for next-day processing, the IFA has said.
5 March 2024 News
Rampant hogget trade drives prices to 650p/kg
Hogget prices continue to rise in Northern Ireland with 650p/kg being paid at local plants this week
21 February 2024 Northern Ireland
Camera at the Mart: roaring trade for all classes of sheep in Cahir
Shanon Kinahan reports from the weekly sheep sale in Cahir Mart, where there was a lot of confidence in the sheep trade.
24 January 2024 Markets
In pictures: solid sheep trade at Swatragh Mart
The weekly sale of fat sheep in Swatragh Mart saw prices holding steady, with strong demand for heavy-fleshed lots.
24 January 2024 Northern Ireland
Contrasting year for sheep throughput
Hogget throughput was recorded at its highest level in over a decade, while the 2023 lamb kill is over 75,000 head lower and the ewe and ram kill is trending more than 50,000 head behind 2022.
27 December 2023 News