Lamb prices: Quotes fall 5c/kg in some quarters
John Brooks of the ICSA issued a rallying cry of “Make Sheep Prices Great Again” at his association’s protest outside the ICM plant in Navan last week, but instead some plants dropped their official quotes for lamb by 5c/kg yesterday.
Chief among these was Kepak Athleague who yesterday moved back to €4.60 base plus a 5c/kg bonus from last week’s €4.65/kg quote.
A bit like the Roscommon football team who blew an eight-point lead in the last six minutes against Mayo at the weekend, Kepak have now handed Kildare Chilling the bragging rights and Kildare assume the mantle of this week’s best payers with no reduction in their price from last week’s quote of €4.60/kg and 10c/kg bonus.
The ICM group who bore the brunt of the ICSA protest on Friday were not able to officially quote yesterday morning, and it was a similar situation in relation to Dawn Ballyhaunis, although Ballyhaunis were able to quote €2.50/kg for ewe.
So what’s going on with prices?
The IFA and ICSA are in agreement that the price for sheep remains as it has for the last couple of weeks at between €4.75-4.80/kg, with deals being done up to 23kgs, according to IFA’s John Lynskey.
The price of ewes continues to be in the €2.65-2.75/kg region, despite official quotes remaining around €2.50/kg.