Producer group offers €7 premium for top spec Beltex lambs
A newly formed producer group is offering up to €7 extra per lamb for top quality stock destined for the Belgian market.
Donal Mee, coordinator of the new group QualEUtex, said they are looking for farmers producing lambs from Beltex or Texel registered rams to meet the order.
"We were approached by Kepak in Athleague with a customer in Belgium looking for U grade lambs to be shipped out in carcase form," he explained.
"They were looking to put a group together specialising in Beltex and Texels."
He said they are offering 30c extra on U2 and U3 grade Beltex or Texel lamb up to 23kg.
This works out at an extra €6 on R grades for a 20kg lamb.
In addition, E grade lambs would be fetching 35c on top, which would be worth an extra €7 above the R grade for 20kg, he explained. "They'll take as many lambs as we can supply," said Mr Mee.
"It is for a full year and we are looking for farm of origin lambs as well.