Move by some factories to try to restrict lamb carcase weights - IFA
A move by some factories to try to restrict carcase weights to 22.5kg is being strongly resisted, according to IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey.
He said farmers should insist on at least 23kg and added that on 50 lambs this type of cut will cost a producer €119.
In addition, John Lynskey said IFA has made it very clear to the factories and the Department of Agriculture that the imposition of clipping charges of 20c per lamb is very wrong and highly discriminatory especially on producers who are supplying clean lambs.
Lynskey has said the lamb trade is steady with factories paying €4.70/4.75/kg to get lambs and some top prices including bonuses of €4.80+/kg being paid.
He said the indications are that lamb supplies are tighter this week compared to last week and factories are finding it harder to get lambs.
Last week base quotes for hoggets were generally making around €4.50/kg to €4.65/kg with selected lots gaining higher returns while prices for culled ewes were generally making around €2.40/kg to €2.45/kg.