Sheep Reports

Sheep Council Report October 2020

Sheep in Wicklow

Market Report

  • Lamb Price Update: 05/10/2020. Prices steady. In general QA lambs €5.20/5.30. Producer groups on more. Weights up to 22kg. Ewes €2.60/2.80. Factories more anxious for lambs.  
  • Supplies: Wk 39 (21/09/2020 – 27/09/2020). 61,206 sheep were slaughtered at Sheep export premises w/c 21/9/2020 compared to 66,643 in the same week 2019. Sheep slaughtering’s for 2020 are 6.1% up on 2019 at 2,120,732 head.
  • Live Trade: Total live exports stood at 23,749 head to the middle of September.
  • Select and Sell: In selling, select carefully and avoid over weight and under finished lambs. It is important to move lambs as they become fit to avoid penalties.
  • GB Lamb Prices as reported by AHDB: Lamb price for last week was £4.63/kg, which is equivalent to €5.36kg incl. vat.
  • IFA publish lamb price updates twice weekly and all of the latest data is available at
  • Weekly kill data:

Activity Since last Council

  • Met with DAFM on key issues for the sheep sector including, the rollover and enhancement of the sheep welfare scheme, the €30/ewe targeted support scheme, setting up a sheep industry working group, live lamb importation figures from NI, lamb originating outside NI, Market access, trade deals, Brexit, TRQ, Covid-19, dog control, the wool market.
  • Met with MII to discuss the base price and the enhancement of the Quality Assurance scheme.
  • Met with Teagasc to discuss the economic, environmental and social contributions of the Irish sheep sector.
  • Weekly publication of IFA Beef and Sheep Update and update of IFA What’s app groups on a weekly basis.

Upcoming issues

  • Continue discussions with DAFM on rollover and enhancement of the Sheep Welfare Scheme.
  • Continue lobbying for the €30/ewe targeted support scheme.
  • Follow up on meeting with DAFM.
  • Organising meeting with Sheep Ireland.
  • Follow up meeting with Teagasc.
  • Setting up of a Sheep Industry Working Group.
  • Ongoing discussion with DAFM on dog control and the wool market.
  • Ongoing contact with DAFM, Bord Bia, Sheep Ireland and lamb factories on various sheep issues.
ChairmanSean Dennehy
Policy ExecutiveAnna Daly
Senior Policy ExecutiveTomas Bourke

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