Sheep Reports

Sheep Council Report September 2020

Sheep in Wicklow

Market Report

  • Lamb Price Update: 31/08/2020. Trade stronger, good demand. QA lambs €5.20/5.50 to 21.5kg. Producer groups making up to €5.55. Ewes €2.65/2.85.
  • Supplies: Wk 33 (10/08/2020 – 16/08/2020). 52,586 sheep were slaughtered at Sheep export premises Week commencing 10/8/2020 compared to 66,960 in the same week 2019. Sheep slaughterings for 2020 are 5.8% up on 2019 at 1,758,056 head.
  • Live Trade: Total live exports stood at 1,835 head to the end of June 2020.
  • Select and Sell: In selling, select carefully and avoid over weight and under finished lambs. As always, the advice is to move lambs as they become fit.
  • UK Lamb Prices: Lamb price for last week was £4.65/kg, which equates to €5.16/kg.
  • As a result of covid-19 factory closures and the end of Eid festival, lamb prices dropped briefly during August but are on the rise again.
  • Breeding sales: Breeding sales extremely strong.
  • Store trade: Good store lamb trade
  • IFA will continue to publish lamb price updates twice weekly and all of the latest data is available here.
  • Weekly kill data:

Activity Since last Council

  • Ongoing contact with DAFM, Bord Bia, Sheep Ireland and lamb factories on sheep issues.
  • Weekly publication of IFA Beef and Sheep Update and update of IFA WhatsApp groups on a weekly basic.

Upcoming issues

  • Meeting with Teagasc to discuss the economic, environmental and social contributions of the Irish sheep sector. We understand that Teagasc have done a considerable amount of work in these areas and the Chairman wishes to gain a full understanding of this in order to help advance the IFA case for more support for the Irish sheep sector.
  • Meeting with MII Cormac Healy to discuss the base price and get an update in relation to the enhancement of the Quality Assurance scheme.
  • Meeting with DAFM The rollover and enhancement of the current sheep welfare scheme and the €30/ewe targeted support scheme, Setting up a sheep industry working group, Live lamb importation figures from NI and also from lamb originating in Scotland, England and Wales, Market access and EID, Trade deals and Brexit, TRQ, Covid-19,  Dog control, The wool market.
ChairSean Dennehy
Policy OfficerAnna Daly

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