Dawn Ballyhaunis drop their quote by 10c/kg for culls to €2.50/kg just as the two ICM plants lift from last week’s quote of €2.50/kg to €2.60/kg.
With price of both hoggets and cull ewes effectively static, except for Dawn’s 10c/kg pull on ewes, it appears factories have no problem slaughtering and paying for what might be described as “second string product” but when it comes to top notch spring lamb market problems appear to arise.
Farm organisations who monitor factory price movements very carefully say market conditions are good with both John Lynskey of IFA and John Brooks of ICSA commenting “the market is strong”.
Both men agree spring lamb is being paid up to €6.10/kg on occasion but with €6.00/kg more common. The situation with cull ewes is that prices from €2.70-2.80/kg are the norm.
Bord Bia reports that trade in the UK “remains steady” with prices for lamb in both England and Wales making the equivalent of €5.59/kg.
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SHEEP prices were “as hot as the weather,” auctioneer
Jim Bush said. Top price for spring lamb hit a very hot €153/hd. “
That’s €100/hd over the weight of those 53kg lambs,” Jim said. The
run of prices for butcher’s lambs was from €128-145/hd, lighter
factory lamb went from €110-127/hd. Cull ewes were also a good
trade with prices in the €115-130/hd bracket.
reckoned spring lamb to be “up about €2/hd on last week” with a top
price of €134/hd for 57kgs, with lambs from 47-53kgs making from
€120-129/hd. Prices in the 42-46kg section ranged from €111-120/hd
with 38-41kgs making from €95-110. Lighter 33-37kg springs sold
from €75-90/hd. Fat ewes made €60-125/hd. Ewes with twins at foot
sold from €150-220/hd, while those with singles at foot saw prices
A strong trade for all sheep saw
spring lamb up by €3-6/hd with 45-50kgs making from €114-127/hd.
Lighter lamb sold from €97-110/hd. Trade for store lambs was lively
with prices running from €75-85/hd. Cast ewes sold from €80-105/hd
while ewes with lambs at foot made from €150-198/hd.
PRICES for spring lamb ticked along nicely with
41.5-45kgs making from €107.50-121/hd with 47-48kgs on €120-122/hd.
Store lambs from 34-38kgs made from €79-82/hd with heavier 40kg
lots in the €102/hd bracket. Ewe lambs saw prices from €60-72/hd at
weights from 25.6-27.6kgs. Fat ewes sold from €67-97/hd on weights
from 56-75kgs with heavy 81-94kg culls making from €110-115/hd.
TRADE was steady with lighter cull ewes making from
€50-85/hd while heavier lots made between €100-132/hd. Lighter
spring lamb around 30-35kg sold from €34-48 over the €/kg with
35-40kgs making from €50-67 with the €/kg. Heavier 40-45kgs sold
from €75-82 with the €/kg, while batches from 45-50kgs made from
€76-87 over the €/kg. Above these weights 54kgs sold for €82 over
the €/kg or €136/hd.
SPRING lambs were up by
€2-3/hd according to manager Ivan Moffitt with butchers pushing
heavier types to a top of €140/hd with the lighter 45-46kg factory
type averaging around €120/hd.