Drumshanbo Mart hosted its first sheep sale on the Irish Farmers Journal online bidding platform MartBids on Thursday night.
The Drumshanbo area of Co Leitrim is big sheep country and the mart generally has a big sale of sheep on Thursday evenings.
— FJ Sheep (@FJSheep) April 1, 2021
The sale saw a super trade for a variety of sheep, with ewes with lambs at foot at the higher end of prices.
A number of good outfits with twin lambs at foot made over €250 each.
Good-quality store lambs and hoggets in the 30kg to 40kg range averaged over €3.60/kg or around €129/head.
Heavier lambs suitable for killing over 50kg were averaging close to €3/kg.
The export market continues to drive the cull ewe trade, with very good appetite for heavy cull ewes.
Heavy ewes over 80kg were making from €140 to €160/head.
Lighter Scottish Blackface mountain ewes were back at €60 to €80/head.
Mart manager Eoin Kane said: “We were delighted with the trade, with a number of new customers on the night.
“Fat hoggets have been a serious trade all spring, with big demand for the right type of stock. We also have a couple of very good customers looking for ewes with lambs at foot.”
@farmersjournal in Drumshanbo mart here at there weekly sheep sale. Follow the sale on https://t.co/csS9fbPiCL, Drumshanbo Marts first ever sale through the MartBids platform. This batch of black face mountain ram lambs 33kg selling for €102. pic.twitter.com/re5kdBB2Ra— FJ Sheep (@FJSheep) April 1, 2021
The next sale in Drumshanbo takes place on Friday with three rings in operation for its weekly cattle sale.
The sale will be conducted 100% online on www.martbids.ie.