Factories offer extra 15-20c/kg
Thank God for the sheep trade and more importantly the positive turnaround on quotes and prices. After the disappointing results and performances from our sportsmen in both Poland and New Zealand over the weekend it was a relief to hear good news yesterday morning.
Neither of our two teams in green could match their opposition on Saturday or Sunday but closer to home, the factories were really putting it up to each other.
Towards the weekend, I heard of a plant in the west ringing farmers and offering them €5 to 22kg to win back lambs they felt they were losing or may have already lost.
Yesterday morning, word had it that a plant in the east was frantically looking for lambs and was more than willing to negotiate on price and weight.
In any case, the quotes have increased by between 15-20c/kg across the board.
This leaves all processors offering a base of 500c/kg with all bar Moyvalley paying a bonus for the better quality types.
Kildare Chilling is also paying a 5c/kg bonus for any quality assured lambs. Factory sources say they are paying up to 20.5kg but shrewd sellers are negotiating weights well in excess of this.
Farmers need to be aware of this and bargain for bigger weights.