Spring lamb quotes open in €5.80-€6/kg price bracket
The first thing to be said this morning is that after 42 years on the front line of the sheep business Bertie Mannion chief procurement manager for Kepak Athleague is to retire.
His report to me this week is the last time I will have the benefit of his colourful and often very shrewd analysis.
“In my time the lessons are simple. For business to get done there has to be trust and there has to be enough in it for every lad along the road, whether that’s the farmer, the factory or the supermarket. They all have to feel it’s worth their while,” was Bertie’s parting message.
It’s the truth; the day one part of that equation goes out of balance — whether it’s in the sale of cattle, sheep or pigs — the food chain is in very serious trouble. Best of luck Bertie.
The “truth” of this week’s factory sheep trade is that prices for hoggets remain largely unchanged at €4.90-4.95/kg, plus added bonuses of 5-10c/kg after that.
The one exception is Moyvalley Meats who are this week’s top payers as they edge out the competition for hoggets at an all in price of €5.10/kg.
The trade for spring lamb sees quotes opening in the range €5.80-6.00/kg as a base, with the two ICM plants and Kildare Chilling all offering an additional 10c/kg quality bonus.
Dawn Ballyhaunis and Kepak Athleague offer a flat base of €6.00/kg, while Moyvalley again top the price table with their all in price of €6.20/kg. That very select milk lamb market sees the ICM plants offering €8.00/kg on weights from 10-13/kg.