LAMBS VERY SCARCE AND PRICES BEGINNING TO RISE

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IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey has said lambs are very scarce this week and factories are finding it very difficult to get adequate numbers.

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IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said cattle prices are on the up this week and factories are finding it very hard to get numbers with tighter supplies.

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IFA’s Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney and Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady met with Fianna Fáil’s Heritage spokesperson Niamh Smyth today and emphasised the need to review the party’s proposal to limit the hedge-cutting pilot project to roadside hedges.

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Speaking at the ASA debate on Brexit in Kilkenny this afternoon, IFA President Joe Healy dismissed any suggestion of diluting growth targets for the farming and food industry because of Brexit. He said, “Food Wise 2025 sets out ambitious targets based on our capacity to expand production. It would be extremely shortsighted to jettison clear objectives at this point”.

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IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman John Lynskey said there are very few spring lambs available on the market to-date but with Easter Sunday on April 16th, butchers, factories and retailers will be looking for numbers in the next two weeks.

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