Irish pig prices remain unchanged for yet another week with pig farmers taking from €1.38c/kg up to €1.42c/kg. Numbers offered have tightened significantly in recent weeks, and the average carcass weight has also dropped by a significant amount, as a result of the prolonged hot weather.
IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the beef trade has strengthened this week with some factories increasing quotes by 5c/kg. He said in general the base price for steers being bought this week is €3.95/kg and €4.05/kg for heifers.
IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy has said the lamb market continues to drive on this week with farmers securing €5.65/kg for lambs and prices reported as high as €5.85/kg for larger lots. In addition, he said the ewe trade was active with factories paying €3.20 plus for lots.