Pictures and prices: Get the latest from the sheep marts as factories pull lamb price
Due to the Bank Holiday, I am inclined to think the factory bosses may have decided to get their retaliation on price in first so to speak.
They may have decided that with numbers adequate for a shorter week the time had come to chance pulling the price on farmers.
Balance this against the report from Jim Bush of New Ross mart yesterday morning who told me that his sale for spring lamb and hogget “was on fire”.
“Heavy hogget and lamb were very dear,” he said, as 51-56kg spring lamb made from €135-142/hd while 58kg hogget hit €150/hd.
Lighter lamb were a little easier at €126/hd for 45-46kgs, with factory types in the 40-41kg bracket selling from €100-110/hd.
“Sheep may not be as plentiful as people think” was Jim’s verdict.
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Although numbers were lower that lack of volume may have helped prices with manager Eoin Burke noting “great demand” for mountain ewe hoggets.