Kildare top quotes with all-in 450c/kg
Whatever about Toronto mayor Rob Ford admitting to taking his crack, there is very little craic to be had if you are selling sheep at the moment.
Getting the quotes yesterday morning was no more exciting than watching the first half of the Ireland versus Samoa match on Saturday evening. The Brian O'Driscoll pass back between the legs moment was left to the 5c/kg rise to the base quote from Kildare Chilling. This moves the Lilywhites further ahead at the top of the quotes at 440c/kg, plus the two 5c/kg bonuses for Quality Assured and U grade lambs.
In fairness to their neighbours Moyvalley, the quotes from there are more or less a match for an all-in figure of 450c/kg. Elsewhere it's a case of "as you were", with both ICM plants, Dawn Ballyhaunis and the two Kepaks all continuing to quote a base price of 435c/kg plus the U grade bonus.
With the cost of getting the lambs to this stage, farmers need to ensure that they maximise their value by bargaining hard on both price and weight.
Most reasonable sellers are getting a minimum price of 450c/kg, with a lot of lambs making between 455-460c/kg to 22kg.
Some tougher sellers are bargaining for 22.5kg, with this extra half kg worth up to €2.30/lamb or close on 10c/kg. Sometimes it might prove easier to get the processor to move on the weight side.
In any case the even €100 must be the minimum farmers settle for. To get this though, the lambs need to be nicely finished. If this requires meal then so be it.
Commenting on the trade, the IFA's James Murphy said that with numbers tightening in factories and marts, farmers must bargain to get the price up in line with the better returns in France and Britain.