Speaking about the extension of EID to all sheep, Eric Driver – Manager of Tullow Livestock Sales – has said that the “mart industry recognises this undue cost”.
“We have embraced EID tagging here in Tullow Mart. They [farmers] are still very much consciously aware of the expense burden that has been bourn upon them.”
“We in the mart industry are very sympathetic to their cause and also recognise this undue cost.”
“We are continuing to call on the Minister to adapt to a single EID tag for all sheep going for further fattening or finishing on farms.” Driver said following the mart’s sheep sale.
With over 800 entries on offer, lambs improved by €3-€4/head at Tullow Mart on Tuesday (June 4th), according to Driver.
The manager noted that demand was strong from all factory and butcher agents.
Lambs over 50kg sold from €120 up to a tops of €130 with the majority between €124 and €127, while 45kg-50kg lambs made from €112 to €122 with the majority between €115 and €118.
Fleshed lambs over 40kg went under the hammer from €103 up to €112, with the majority from €105 to €108.
Lighter store lambs - 33kg – pushed from €82 with well-presented entries weighing 37kg and 38kg selling from €95 up to €102.
Driver said that cast ewes “continued to set the trade”, making €15-€20 with the kg for feeding-type ewes.
Younger ewes climbed to €30 with the kg while heavy ewes clicked up to €155; ewes with lambs at foot topped out at €210.