IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said the lamb market is very buoyant with factories trying to maximise numbers, which are very scarce, for the Easter trade.
He said in general €6.20/kg is being paid but higher price deals of €6.30/kg have also been paid.
He said farmers should shop around to maximise the price and consider all the options now that the market is strong.
On spring lamb, Sean Dennehy said farmers needed at least €150 per head to go towards meeting the much higher costs this winter and spring. He said meal costs alone had rocketed up on sheep farms this spring.