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Sheep report: ‘Live exporters appear to have stopped trading at the moment’ – Candler

Kilkenny Mart – Sheep Prices – 26-06-2023

According to George Candler, some 750 lots came under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart’s sheep sale on Monday, June 26th, 2023.

The mart’s auctioneer reported that a “good solid trade” prevailed for sheep with highs of €192/head for butcher lambs, up to €184/head for factory lambs and cast ewes to €225/head.

Speaking following the sheep sale, Candler said:

“Live exporters appear to have stopped trading at the moment as the Muslim festival Eid al Adha is over in early July.”

“Factory buyers and wholesalers were active with the trade also helped by a handful of butchers,” he remarked.

Sheep prices on 26-06-2023

Butcher lambs – €3.30-€3.86/kg or €168-€192/head:

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  • 5 58kgs – €192;
  • 3 53kgs – €190;
  • 8 52kgs – €185;
  • 11 51kgs – €187;
  • 8 50kgs – €70;
  • 9 49kgs – €189.

Factory lambs – €3.40-€4.09/kg or €128-€184/head:

  • 19 47kgs – €165;
  • 8 46kgs – €176;
  • 9 45kgs – €184;
  • 15 44kgs – €166;
  • 14 41kgs – €146;
  • 11 40kgs – €143.

Other categories:

  • Cast ewes – €70-€225/head.

Previous week’s sheep sale

According to George Candler, a larger entry of some 950 lots came under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart’s sheep sale on Monday, June 19th, 2023.

The mart’s auctioneer reported that “all lots met with a good trade”.

“The presence of exporters trying to secure ram lambs for the upcoming Muslim festival helped to keep a good floor on prices.”

“It will be interesting to see if factories will drop quotes when exporters have filled their requirements,” he added.

At Monday’s sale, factory lambs peaked at €178/head, while butcher lambs maxed out at €187/head and cast ewes hit €200/head.


  • Factory lambs – €3.55/kg or €3.78/kg or €150-€178/head;
  • Butcher lambs – €3.25/kg or €3.68/kg or €165-€187/head;
  • Cast ewes – €90-€200/head.

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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