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Sheep prices at Blessington Mart: ‘Good start’ to 2021 for fat and store lambs

Prices remained steady as Blessington Mart held its first sheep sale of 2021 on Tuesday, January 5th.

A spokesperson for the mart reported a “very good start to 2021 for both fat and store lambs”. They noted that cast ewe prices were similar to pre-Christmas levels.

Sheep prices at Blessington Mart
  • Heavy lambs – €130-136 or €80-€84 over;
  • Factory lambs – €117-€130 or €70-€79 over;
  • Store lambs over 40kgs – €100-€115 or €60-€70 over;
  • Store lambs over 35kgs – €85-€105 or €50-€64 over;
  • Heavy ewes – €115-€127/head;
  • Feeding ewes – €75-€110/head.
Sheep prices, Blessington Mart
Image source: Blessington Mart
Last sale of 2020

Blessington Mart held its final sale of 2020 on Tuesday, December 15th.

A spokesperson reported that fat lambs were a similar trade to last week, while all stores met with a “very lively” trade.

  • Heavy lambs – €125-€129 or €69-€75 over;
  • Factory lambs – €116-€125 or €64-€72 over;
  • Store lambs over 40kgs – €104-€115 or €64-€70 over;
  • Store lambs over 35kgs – €95-€105 over €60-€65 over;
  • Store lambs over 40kgs – €83-€96 or €58-€64 over;
  • Heavy ewes – €100-€126/head;
  • Feeding ewes – €78-€106/head.
Sheep prices at Blessington Mart

The mart’s sheep sale on Tuesday, December 8th, attracted a “good entry”.

The spokesperson reported a “very lively” trade for both fat and store lambs.

  • Heavy lambs – €125-€130 or €72-€77 over;
  • Factory lambs – €114-€125 or €68-€74 over;
  • Store lambs over 40kgs – €104-€115 or €64-€70 over;
  • Store lambs over 35kgs – €95-€105 or €60-€65 over;
  • Store lambs over 30kgs – €83-€96 or €58-€64 over;
  • Heavy ewes – €115-€127/head;
  • Feeding ewes – €75-€110/head.
Final cattle sale of 2020
  • The spokesperson reported a “very good trade” for bullocks and heifers at its final cattle sale last year.
  • Summary:
  • Beef bullocks – €580-€890 over;
  • Continental store bullocks – €430-€680 over;
  • HE/AA store bullocks – €340-€500 over;
  • FR store bullocks – €260-€430 over;
  • Beef heifers – €480-€780 over;
  • Continental store heifers – €400-€640 over;
  • HE/AA store heifers – €400-€640 over;
  • Beef cows – €330-€525 over;
  • Feeding cows – €50-€220 over.
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