Sheep processing plants are quoting between €5.25-€5.35/kg for quality-assured lambs this week.
According to reports, up to €5.40/kg is being paid to producer groups. Base prices are generally ranging from €4.90/kg-€5.10/kg.
In terms of cull ewes, quotes have remained unchanged at €2.60-€2.80/kg, on par with previous weeks.
According to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s database, the sheep kill for the week commencing October 12th stood at 62,342 head.
The inclusion of last week’s throughput brings the cumulative kill at DAFM-approved premises for the year-to-date to 2,308,223 head.
The sheep kill is running 113,571 head above last year’s levels, according to its database.
37,453 more lambs/hoggets have been slaughtered in 2020, while the spring lamb kill is up 93,459 head.
16,834 fewer ewes and rams have been processed so far this year, while the light lamb kill has fallen by 507 head.