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Factory agents told ‘leave nothing behind’

Lamb supplies were in tight supply last week, as throughput dropped by 8,010 in comparison to the same stage last year.

As the end of Ramadan approaches and the demand from the retail sector increases, lamb trade remains strong.

Last week’s throughput:

  • Lambs/hoggets: 14,561;
  • Spring lambs: 21,112;
  • Ewes and rams: 6,798;
  • Light lambs: 4;
  • Total: 42,475.

Cumulative (excludes this week’s throughput):

  • Lambs/hoggets: 755,981;
  • Spring lambs: 52,978;
  • Ewes and rams: 111,767;
  • Light lambs: 28;
  • Total: 920,754.

Corresponding week last year:

  • Lambs/hoggets: 23,505;
  • Spring lambs: 20,740;
  • Ewes and rams: 6,240;
  • Light lambs: 0;
  • Total: 50,485.

Last year’s throughput:

  • Lambs/hoggets: 686,102;
  • Spring lambs: 53,158;
  • Ewes and rams: 131,736;
  • Light lambs: 10;
  • Total: 871,006.


Supplies of lamb were tight and demand was high, which was driven by the end of Ramadan as well as the increased demand from the retail sector, according to IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Denehy.

Dennehy said, “Supplies remain tight with agents told to leave nothing behind, reflecting the strong demand for Ramadan”

Factory prices for ewes this week ranged between €2.70 and €2.90/kg. Last week’s kill consisted of 60% spring lambs and 40% hoggets, with hogget prices ranging between €5.60-€5.70/kg and lambs making €6.20-€6.30/kg.

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