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‘Lack of bite’ in trade and weather draw fewer numbers to Kilkenny

Kilkenny Mart – Sheep Prices – 16-01-2023

According to George Candler, some 300 lots came under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart’s sheep sale on Monday, January 16th, 2023.

The mart’s auctioneer reported that numbers were “well back on last week, maybe due to the lack of bite in the trade or the fact that road conditions were poor, especially untreated side road”.

Kilkenny Mart 16-01-2023

Butcher lambs – €2.70-€2.85/kg or €135-€151/head:

  • 14 54kgs – €151;
  • 20 53kgs – €150;
  • 12 52kgs – €146;
  • 10 51kgs – €140;
  • 5 50kgs – €137;
  • 7 49kgs – €136.

Factory lambs – €2.70-€2.83/kg or €114-€131/head:

  • 10 48kgs – €131;
  • 8 47kgs – €130;
  • 6 46kgs – €128;
  • 5 45kgs – €126;
  • 8 44kgs – €121;
  • 10 42kgs – €118.

Store lambs – €2.65-€2.85/kg or €88-€115/head:

  • 11 41kgs – €115;
  • 10 40kgs – €114;
  • 11 39kgs – €108;
  • 8 38kgs – €105;
  • 5 37kgs – €101;
  • 7 36kgs – €98.

Other categories of sheep:

  • Cast ewes – €44-€157/head.

Dairy stock:

  • Freshly-calved Friesian heifers – €1,620-€1,920/head;
  • In-calf Friesian heifers – €1,000-€1,700/head.
Last week’s sheep prices

According to George Candler, a slightly larger entry of some 700 lots came under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart’s sheep sale on Monday, January 9th, 2023.

The mart’s auctioneer reported that trade was back €4-€7/head at this week’s sheep sale.

Candler commented that “the fact that factory quotes are in the €6.00-€6.20/kg bracket is not encouraging for those who bought stores”.

He remarked that “sheep prices were disappointing, especially if you take into account the price of store lambs and the increase in feed costs.”

Candler stated that “it is difficult to see any dramatic lift in prices going forward in the next few weeks”.

Read more on this mart report.

Kilkenny Mart information:

  • Address: Kilkenny Co-Operative Livestock Market LTD, Cillin Hill, Dublin Road, Co. Kilkenny
  • Contact details: [email protected]or phone: 056-7721407 or see the mart’s website.

Upcoming sales:

  • Sheep and calf sale – Mondays at 10 am with a dairy sale at 12 pm
  • Cattle sale – Thursday – Cows at 10 am, followed by heifers, with bullocks at 10:30 am.

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