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IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy and a delegation from the National Sheep Committee met with Meat Industry Ireland (MII) and the main sheep processing factories including Irish Country Meats (ICM), Kepak, Kildare Chilling and Dawn Meats in Dublin this week.

“The need for a strong viable lamb prices and market prospects for 2020 were top of the agenda. In addition, we discussed specifications, quality assurance, EID implementation, factory charges and sheep policy issues.”

Sean Dennehy said IFA made it very clear to the factories that incomes on sheep farmers were under severe pressure and lamb price needed to continue to rise in order to provide a viable income for farmers. He said, “IFA were very strong in the argument that carcase weight limits were way too restrictive at the factories and new season lamb needed to open at a minimum carcase weight of 21kgs”.

“We discussed the need for a lot more work by the Government in opening the important Chinese and US markets to Irish lamb exports.”

Sean Dennehy said farmers were promised that when EID (Electronic Identification) was introduced these markets would open up. He said this has not happened and we need to see immediate progress.

“Now is the time to make progress in China and the Government cannot allow this opportunity to pass by.”

Sean Dennehy said IFA has put a strong case to the factories to increase the Quality Assurance bonus to 30c/kg. He said some plants have increased the bonus from 10c to 15c/kg but a lot more needs to be done to properly reward farmers for Quality Assurance.

On EID implementation, all of the meat plants said that they are now in a position to provide farmers with a full print-out of their dispatch docket when selling lambs.

Sean Dennehy said, “IFA put it very strongly to MII that the charges some plants are applying under the clean sheep policy are totally unfair. “Clipping charges on Category B lambs is wrong.”

He said IFA also made it clear that scrapie and SRM charges on ewes should be abolished.

“We also had a good discussion with the processing sector on sheep policy issues including the need for €30 per ewe targeted support for sheep farmers, Brexit, CAP 2020 and International trade deals including New Zealand and Australia.”

Sheep Factory Quotes c/kg including VAT
Factory January 14th Ewes Spring Lamb
Dawn Ballyhaunis Tuesday 280 500+10QA
ICM Camolin Tuesday 280 495+10QA
ICM Navan Tuesday 280 495+10QA
Kepak Athleague Tuesday 270 500+15QA
Kildare Chilling Tuesday 270+10QA 520+10QA
Moyvalley Meats Tuesday 520

 

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Sheep Factory Quotes c/kg including VAT
Factory December 10th Ewes Spring Lamb
Dawn Ballyhaunis Tuesday 260 485+10QA
ICM Camolin Tuesday 270 480+10QA
ICM Navan Tuesday 270 480+10QA
Kepak Athleague Tuesday NQ NQ
Kildare Chilling Tuesday 270+10QA 500+10QA
Moyvalley Meats Tuesday 490
Sheep Factory Quotes c/kg including VAT
Factory December 03rd Ewes Spring Lamb
Dawn Ballyhaunis Tuesday 260 475+10QA
ICM Camolin Tuesday 260 475+10QA
ICM Navan Tuesday 260 475+10QA
Kepak Athleague Tuesday 260 475+15QA
Kildare Chilling Tuesday 260+10QA 490+10QA
Moyvalley Meats Tuesday 490

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