Little change on spring lamb prices
THE sheep business at the start of this week could be described as stable but that does nothing to inspire confidence or meaningful profits.
IFA sheep chairman John Lynskey reported that the number of hoggets left in the system is “tightening” with factories paying from €5.20-5.25/kg for them. Spring lamb is between €6.10-€6.25/kg on weight limits of 21kgs.
Given these prices, producers will be looking at their production models and deciding come year’s end whether or not to go down the summer fattening route with its far lower cost base.
Looking at official quotes for hoggets we see Kepak Athleague have raised their official quote by 5c/kg to €4.85+5c/kg bonus while Dawn Ballyhaunis remain on last week’s price of €4.80+5c/kg.
That leaves Kildare Chilling top of the table on hogget prices for the second consecutive week on an unchanged price of €5.00+10ckg bonus. Moyvalley told me they are finished killing hoggets and are moving exclusively to spring lamb.
Kildare drop their price for spring lamb by 5c/kg to €5.90/kg while Moyvalley and Kepak continue on €6.00/kg with Kepak that shade better as they pay a 5c/kg bonus. The price of cull ewes sees both Dawn Ballyhaunis and Kepak remaining unchanged at €2.70-2.80/kg respectively with Kepak paying a bonus of 10c/kg.
The big mover on ewe prices is Kildare Chilling who lift their price 10c/kg to €2.80+10c/kg QA. Prices on the ground for factory ewes are reported as fairly stable between €3.00-3.10/kg.
As prices remain less than spectacular, here are some of the arguments in relation to pricing and other issues.