Kilkenny Mart's first sheep sale of the year - which took place on Monday (January 7th) attracted 400 entries, according to George Candler - the mart's auctioneer.
The auctioneer reported an excellent trade all-round, with a top call of €140 recorded for cull ewes, while hoggets pushed up to €124/head.
"A sharp trade resulted in a complete clearance. Numbers are scarce and this is creating better returns all-round." George Candler said.
Butcher Lambs - €2.10-€2.30/kg or €114-€124/head
- 22 - 57kg - €124;
- 20 - 56kg - €120;
- 10 - 55kg - €120;
- 18 - 52kg - €119.
Factory Lambs - €2.20-€2.36/kg or €100-€113/head
- 15 - 49kg - €113;
- 12 - 47kg - €111;
- 10 - 45kg - €102;
- 17 - 44kg - €103.
- Cast ewes - €50-€140/head.