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Factory report: Steady as she goes for sheep trade

Quotes remain unchanged for lambs this week, with up to €5.60/kg being secured by producer groups.

Factories are quoting a base price of €5.20-€5.40/kg, an increase of 10-20c/kg on last week’s levels, with lambs being paid up to 21.5kgs.

In terms of ewes, prices are unchanged this week, with €2.65-€2.90/kg on the table for ewes.


The national sheep kill for the week commencing August 31st stood at 61,840 head, according to the Department of Agriculture, Food of the Marine’s database.

  • Lambs/hoggets: 164;
  • Spring lambs: 51,669;
  • Ewes and rams: 10,007;
  • Light lambs: 0.

Under 100,000 head higher

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The inclusion of last week’s throughput brings the national sheep kill to 1,934,479 head, 99,797 head higher than the corresponding period in 2019.

  • Lambs/hoggets: 787,873
  • Spring lambs: 900,268;
  • Ewes and rams: 246,287;
  • Light lambs: 51.

Analysing figures from 2019, 36,937 more lambs/hoggets have been slaughter this year and 84,629 more spring lambs, while 21,459 fewer ewes and rams have been processed, while 310 fewer light lambs have been presented for slaughter.

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