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‘No great joy in Kilkenny for the farmer selling lambs between 40-43 kg’

Farming News/Mart Reports: Kilkenny Mart – Sheep Prices – 31-07-2023

According to George Candler, some 550 lots turned out for Kilkenny Mart’s sheep sale on Monday, July 31st, 2023.

The mart’s auctioneer reported a “slightly larger” entry of sheep compared to the previous weeks, with highs of €177/head for butcher lambs, factory lambs to €144/head and cast ewes to €191/head.

Speaking following the sale, he said: “No great joy in Kilkenny for the farmer selling lambs between 40 to 43 kg. Heavy lambs, over 50 kilos, which appear to be scarce, attracted better interest from butchers and wholesalers.”

“Cull ewes met a steady rather than a spectacular trade with prices to a top call of €191,” Candler added.

Butcher lambs – €3.00-€3.32/kg or €145-€177/head:

  • 8 55kgs – €177;
  • 20 54kgs – €173;
  • 10 52kgs – €168;
  • 12 50kgs – €166;
  • 10 49kgs – €147;
  • 8 48kgs – €148.

Factory lambs – €2.90-€3.06/kg or €115-€144/head:

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  • 11 47kgs – €144;
  • 10 46gs – €138;
  • 11 45kgs – €133;
  • 12 44kgs – €130;
  • 10 43kgs – €126;
  • 12 41kgs – €119.
Last week’s sheep sale

According to George Candler, some 450 lots came under the hammer at Kilkenny Mart’s sheep sale on Monday, July 24th, 2023.

The mart’s auctioneer reported that a smaller entry saw a “solid rather than a spectacular trade”.

“It is disappointing that since the Muslim festival has ended, factories have dropped quotes,” he added.

“Lot met with a similar trade with lambs peaking at €178/head and cull ewes to a top call of €173/head,” Candler added.

Factory lambs – €3.00-€3.25/kg or €127-€145/head:

  • 5 46kgs – €145;
  • 7 45kgs – €139;
  • 13 44kgs – €137;
  • 8 43kgs – €138;
  • 10 42kgs – €136;
  • 12 41kgs – €127.

Store lambs – €2.40-€2.80/kg or €80-€111/head:

  • 10 40kgs – €111;
  • 10 39kgs – €106;
  • 10 37kgs – €101;
  • 12 36kgs – €95;
  • 5 35kgs – €86;
  • 8 34kgs – €83.

Butcher lambs – €3.30-€3.44/kg or €148-€178/head:

  • 8 54kgs – €178;
  • 5 53kgs – €175;
  • 14 50kgs – €172;
  • 13 49kgs – €168;
  • 8 48kgs – €159;
  • 13 47kgs – €156.

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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