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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Sheep trade: Plants ‘anxious’ for lambs

Sheep processing plants are “anxious” for lambs this week, with trade described as “steady”.

€5.20-€5.30/kg is reportedly available for quality-assured lambs, whilst producer groups are sealing deals at slightly higher prices.

In terms of cull ewes, quotes remain unchanged with between €2.50-€2.70/kg available.


The national sheep kill for the week commencing September 28th stood at 62,748 head, according to the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine’s database.

  • Lambs/hoggets: 158;
  • Spring lambs: 51,749;
  • Ewes and rams: 10,840;
  • Light lambs: 1.
Over 120,000 head above 2019

The cumulative sheep kill for the year-to-date (excluding this week’s throughput) now stands at 2,183,480, which is running 120,217 head above 2019 levels.

37,155 more lambs/hoggets have been slaughtered in 2020, while the spring lamb kill is up 97,276 head on last year’s levels.

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According to the department’s database, 13,882 fewer ewes and rams have been presented for slaughter this year, while 331 fewer light lambs have been processed in DAFM-approved sheep plants.

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