With so many boxes saying 'NQ', the factory price table has been looking like a newspaper version of Catch Phrase in recent weeks.
That's the TV show where you gradually uncover squares to reveal a picture that represents a common phrase. The fewer boxes you remove in getting the correct answer, the more money you win.
Are sheep farmers winning? Some quotes are in better shape than a week ago, but still around 40c/kg below where they were a month ago.
Following two weeks of panic that saw quotes across the sheep sector collapse by as much as 60c/kg, stability and confidence appear to have returned to the processing sector, although some are still wary of committing.
Only Dawn Ballyhaunis and Kildare Chilling were willing to offer a full range of base prices, while Kepak Athleague are again 'NQ' all the way.
Dawn are on €5.30+10c/kg quality assurance for hoggets, up 30c/kg on last week, and €2.60/kg for cull ewes, up 15c/kg. Having not quoted for springs last week, they return to the table at €5.90+10c/kg QA.
The ICM plants are up 10c/kg to €6.00+10c/kg QA for springs, while remaining at €2.50/kg for cull ewes.
Kildare Chilling, who didn't offer any official quotes last week, are back this week.
What has caused this welcome reversal of fortune? I put it to one senior factory buyer that last week's collapse now seems totally unwarranted.
"Following the closure of their restaurants by McDonald's, the British market collapsed and it was followed by the French market also going to ground," he replied. "The whole meat and food trade was in turmoil trying to figure out what would happen next."
So has something happened?
"Yes and no. The restaurant trade is gone, schools and colleges are closed - these are major outlets all across Europe that we've lost -but there is a trade from supermarkets and ethnic wholesalers for good, quality-assured product.
"It's slow and in France, demand is for French first."
What about supplies? Lamb/hogget throughput was up nearly 82,500hd in the first two and a half months of this year.
"Supplies of suitable supermarket stock are tighter, but we are continuing to get too many that are of mixed quality," said the buyer.
"My advice to farmers is the same I always give: move sheep away steadily - don't be letting them get over-fat.
"The reality is that because of the fallout from the coronavirus consumers are very price-sensitive, and more so now, with other protein sources such as beef getting cheaper. We have to be realistic."
Sean McNamara of the ICSA sees the marketplace differently. "There is ample evidence of a scarcity of sheep meat in retail outlets in Ireland and the UK," he said.
"Meat factories are trying to create a scare to drive down the spring lamb price, and it is essential that we do not let them away with this.
"The volatility in recent weeks is a sign that supplies of hoggets are a lot scarcer than factories would like."
On the ground both the IFA and ICSA report hoggets as moving from €5.50-5.60/kg, with Sean Dennehy of the IFA claiming that when you add in all bonuses up to €5.80/kg has been achieved.
In relation to spring lambs, he reports smaller numbers moving but prices of €6.20-6.40/kg.
There's also good news on the promotions side, with Bord Bia having organised celebrity chefs to post cookery demonstrations online.