IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said the demand for hoggets, lambs and cull ewes is stronger again this week.
He said the combination of the start of Ramadan next Monday and supermarket demand is driving the trade.
Sean Dennehy said hoggets are freely making €7.70/kg, with higher deals available for larger lots.
Spring lamb is making €8.20/kg, with deals available for groups and larger lots.
He said the cull ewe trade is strong, with prices of €3.50/kg paid.
Sean Dennehy said the mart trade is providing a real competitive alternative, where prices are comparable, or in some instances, above what factories are offering.
There’s a particularly strong trade for fleshed cull ewes.
The IFA Sheep Chairman said farmers should sell hard in a strong market, while moving hoggets and lambs as they become fit to maximise returns.