Farm Ireland

Saturday 20 January 2018

Growers urged to finish animals well


Joe Healy

the cool relations between our Government and the Vatican could be mirrored by sheep farmers and the processors this week if the early attempts by the latter to put downward pressure on prices continue over the next few days.

Up to now, farmers have strongly resisted, and with reasonable success, what they see as unjustified efforts to pull prices and quotes.

As you will see from the table, Kildare is not quoting for today but I have been reliably informed that lambs killed there yesterday made 475c/kg.

Moyvalley's all-in quote of 460c/kg, as well as being down 10c/kg on last week, was for yesterday only as the plant is not killing today.

The quote from Kepak Hacketstown was also only for yesterday. Athleague has dropped 10c/kg to its base quote to bring it back in line with the 450c/kg plus the bonus on offer from the two ICM plants and Dawn Ballyhaunis.

Factory sources pointed to a noticeable increase in the number of lambs being presented due to farmers having most of the other work, such as silage, grain and slurry, completed at this stage on farms.

One source was at pains to point out the need for farmers to make sure that all stock for slaughter was suitably finished.

He added that while it was a very good year for grass, some of the lambs being killed at the moment were typical of farmers just wanting to clear out everything before they let the rams begin all over again. Farmers are incurring needless penalties and low prices for those types when a little extra meal and time would have them properly finished.

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The IFA's James Murphy said that despite the factory price pressure, hardened sellers were negotiating 470-475c/kg.

The ICM plants are top for the cull ewes with their unchanged quotes of 270c/kg. Kildare Chilling and Kepak Hacketstown have slipped by 5c/kg to 265c/kg. In the west, both plants remain at 250c/kg, while Moyvalley is at 240c/kg.

I spoke to a farmer last week who had got 300c/kg for heavy ewes, with one of them killing out at 54kg, and returned €162 from a plant in the east.

Bord Bia reported that the sheep trade in Britain remained steady for most of the week, reflecting little change in market conditions.

By the weekend live market prices remain unchanged at €4.63/kg including VAT for new season lambs.

Despite the Ramadan festival coming to an end, the trade in France weakened slightly as supplies from Britain increased.

Prices for Irish grade 1 spring lamb were reported to be around €4.89/kg inclusive of VAT by the end of the week.

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