IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman John Lynskey said lamb supplies are tight at the factories this week and demand will increase as the week progresses for the Muslim festival of Eid on September 2nd.
He said prices are ranging from €5.15 to €5.20/kg with some top prices of €5.25/kg for larger lots. “It is expected that demand will be very strong later this week and into next week,” he said.
John Lynskey said farmers should continue to select and move lambs as they become fit but insist on getting full value for the stock as well as looking for lower carcase weight limits to be increased. He said some plants are still only paying to 21.5kgs while others have moved up to 22kgs.
John Lynskey said he has received a lot of complaints and concerns over Northern lambs at the meat plants in recent week.
The IFA sheep farmers’ leader said both the mart trade and live export buying are active. He said live buyers are offering €2.30 to €2.35/kg.
Ewes are making €3.00/kg.