IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey said lamb prices have kicked on with €5.00/kg now widely available. He said some prices of €5.05 and €5.10/kg were paid, including bonuses.
John Lynskey said finishers with suitable stock are now focusing on increasing carcase weights to 23kgs and some factories had moved on this. He said maximising value was now the key issue for sellers.
Sheep Welfare Scheme payments
The IFA Sheep Chairman also welcomed the announcement from Minister Creed on the payment of the €10 per ewe Sheep Welfare Scheme.
He said IFA had worked hard to secure €25m funding for this scheme and it was positive to see the benefits arriving on sheep farms at this time.
John Lynskey said there will be a new application for the sheep welfare scheme soon and it was essential that all sheep farms who applied on the original scheme reapply. He also said there must be scope for new entrants to make an application under the scheme.