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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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2023 sheep trade ‘similar’ to pre-Christmas with highs of €156/hd

Blessington Mart – Sheep Prices – 03-01-2023

According to a spokesperson at Blessington Mart, sheep prices at its opening sale of 2023 on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023, were “similar to the pre-Christmas trade”.

The spokesperson reported that lighter ewes changed hands from €86-€122/head, while heavier types pushed from €128-€156/head.

Heavy hoggets made from €146-€153 or €94-€101 over the weight, while factory types sold from €126-€148 or €84-€95 over the weight.

Meanwhile, store hoggets over 40kgs ranged from €104-€122 or €64-€81 over the kg, while store hoggets over the 35kg mark fetched from €85-€105 or €50-€68 over the kg.

Last sheep sale of 2022

According to a spokesperson for Blessington Mart, a smaller entry of sheep came under the hammer at its final sale of the year on Tuesday, December 20th, 2022.

The spokesperson reported that a “better trade prevailed for all types of store lambs, while fat lambs were similar to last week”.

Lighter ewes went under the hammer from €78-€122/head, while heavy ewes climbed from €126-€152/head.

On the other hand, heavy lambs fetched from €149-€154 or €92-€101 over the kg, while factory types changed hands from €128-€149 or €86-€98 over the weight.

Store lambs over 40kgs pushed from €109-€124 or €69-€84 over, while store lambs over the 35kg mark sold from €86-€110 or €61-€77 over the weight.

Last cattle sale of 2022

According to a spokesperson for Blessington Mart, there was a smaller cattle sale on Thursday, December 15th, 2022, due to weather conditions.

They reported that a “very good trade prevailed for all classes” as its final cattle sale of the year.

Feeding cows changed hands from €260-€520 over, while beef cows went under the hammer from €600-€800 over the kg.

Meanwhile, in the bullock ring, continental stores made from €460-€960 over, while Hereford and Angus stores clicked from €360-€680 over.

Then, in terms of heifers, continental stores pushed from €450-€800 over, while Hereford and Angus stores sold from €360-€680 over the weight.

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