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Ball back in sheep farmers’ court

The majority of processing plants have increased their base quotes for lambs by 10c/kg this week.

Factories are reportedly paying up to €5.60/kg for lambs. Sean Dennehy, IFA national sheep chairman, said some farmers are holding out for more, as reported by us in this article.

“Factories and agents would bite the hand off you to get lambs this week.”

“The facts are factories cannot get lambs at their low quoted prices and are having to pay a lot more, up to 30c to 40c/kg in places.”

Last week’s national kill [Data source: DAFM database]:

  • Lambs/hoggets: 40,968;
  • Spring lambs: 0;
  • Ewes and rams: 5,821;
  • Light lambs: 0
  • Total: 46,789

Corresponding week last year:

  • Lambs/hoggets: 40,707;
  • Spring lambs: 0
  • Ewes and rams: 7,132;
  • Light lambs: 0
  • Total: 47,839

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