No change to report as lamb and hogget trade stays strong for Easter
Very little change to report, and I'm not talking about Kilkenny defeating Galway on Sunday last.
The quotes and prices for new season lamb, cull ewes and hoggets are pretty close to where they were this day week. I suppose the only movement is with the hoggets, as a few of the plants have pulled the quotes by 5-10c/kg.
Kildare remain tops by holding their base quote of 570c/kg plus the 5c/kg quality assurance (QA) bonus as well as the 5c/kg U grade bonus.
Dawn Ballyhaunis are back 5c/kg to a base of 565c/kg plus the U grade top-up of 6c/kg. A 10c/kg fall in the ICM plants drops them to a base of 560c/kg plus their 10c/kg QA bonus. Kepak Athleague are on a similar base with a 6c/kg QA bonus.
Farmers with nicely finished hoggets were bargaining for and securing prices of between 590-600c/kg late last week. A lot appear to selling between 580-585c/kg.
It's a case of 'as you were' for the spring lambs with all factories continuing to offer a base quote of 620c/kg plus the various bonuses, which are the same as for the hoggets.
Moyvalley are offering an all-in figure of 630c/kg. Supplies have been increasing week on week but plants are easily handling what is being offered so far. The IFA's John Lynskey said that farmers were holding out for prices of up to 640c/kg as numbers being slaughtered remained tight.
The quotes for the cull ewes continue to range from 250-270c/kg, with Kildare Chilling tops at the 270c/kg, while Kepak are offering the 250c/kg.