LAMB PRICES RISING AS SUPPLIES TIGHTEN

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IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said lamb prices are rising as factories struggle to get supplies to meet strong demand.

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IFA President Tim Cullinan said factories have to stop driving farmers out of business and give an immediate beef price increase.

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Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members

  • Strong demand.
  • Factories paying 5c above quotes.
  • Steer base €3.60 – 3.65/kg.
  • Heifer base €3.60 – 3.70/kg.
  • Young Bulls R/U €3.60/€3.70kg.
  • Cows €2.80/3.30/kg.
  • In-spec bonus 20c/kg for under 30 months and 8c/kg for 30 to 36 months.
  • 12c/kg bonus for under 30 month steers and heifers grading O- and those with a fat class of 4+ that meet all other in spec criteria.
FACTORY BASE QUOTES C/KG
Steers Heifers Cows
Dawn Slane 360 360/365 270 – 320
Kepak Athleague 360 360 270 – 310
Moyvalley Meats 360 360 270 – 305
Euro Farm Foods 360 360/365 280 – 320
ABP Clones 360 360/365
Liffey Meats 360 360/365 280 – 320
Slaney Foods 360 360/365 280 – 320
Kepak Kilbeggan 360 360 270 – 320
Dawn Ballyhaunis 360 360/365 280 – 320
Ashbourne Meats 360 360/365 280 – 330
Foyle Meats                                     *incl 10c 300-380kgs + 10c China approved 360* 365*
Meadowmeats Rathdowney 360 360/365 280 – 320
Charleville Foods 360 360/365 280 – 320
Kepak Watergrasshill 360 360/365 280 – 320
ABP Bandon 360 360/365 280 – 320
ABP Cahir 360 360/365 280 – 320
ABP Waterford 360 360/365 280 – 320
Dawn Grannagh 360 360/365 280 – 320
ABP Nenagh 360 360/365 280 – 320
Farmers should insist on payment on the day for their cattle

 

IFA Poultry Chairman Andy Boylan has welcomed the introduction of a Department of Agriculture financial support scheme for the 14 flock owners who suffered total flock loss due to low pathogenic avian Influenza (LPAI) commonly to as Bird Flu, in the past four months.

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IFA Sean Dennehy said Garda statistics showing nearly 50 dog attacks on sheep since March proves that dog owners continue to act in an irresponsible manner.

“These statistics highlight two clear issues, irresponsible dog ownership and the magnitude of the problem of dog attacks on sheep.”

Despite repeated appeals, he said dog owners refuse to take responsibility for their pets. “IFA has a detailed protocol on this issue. Farmers are fed up with the casual approach of some dog owners who will not accept the damage their pets can inflict on sheep,” he said.

“While we encourage flock owners to report attacks, this may not even be the full picture. The injuries inflicted on sheep are horrific and farmers may be too upset or traumatised to report to the Gardai what has happened,” he said.

Sean Dennehy reminded dog owners that sheep farmers are entitled under law to defend their livestock and if their flock is threatened, the law does allow them to shoot the dog.

IFA has repeatedly asked the Government to put serious resources into a single database on microchipping and an adequate dog warden service, but it hasn’t happened. “We will be making a fresh proposal to the new Government and expect to see some action in this area,” he said.

The following is a breakdown of incidents in Garda Divisions issued by An Garda Siochana. Statistics are from 01/03/20 to 29/06/20 and are subject to change.

Sligo/Leitrim – 7
Galway – 6
Tipperary – 5
Roscommon/Longford – 4
Kildare – 4
Meath – 3
Cork West – 3
Donegal – 3
Wexford – 3
Cavan/Monaghan – 2
Cork North – 1
Westmeath – 1
Mayo – 1
Limerick – 1
Kerry – 1
Kilkenny/Carlow – 1
Laois/Offaly – 1

Total – 47


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