Prices back as fac­to­ries gear up for big kill

Irish Independent - Farming - - SHEEP RINGSIDE -

THIS week will see one of the big­gest kills of the year as fac­to­ries push more num­bers though the sys­tem in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the Mus­lim fes­ti­val of Eid.

While of­fi­cial quotes yes­ter­day morn­ing were back for lamb by 10-20c/kg, both the IFA and ICSA quoted me €5.00/kg as be­ing the price on the ground.

“Fac­to­ries were buy­ing strongly over the week­end and pay­ing €5.00/kg,” said IFA’s John Lynskey, while the ICSA’s John Brooks de­scribed the lamb trade as “steady at €5.00/kg”.

The fac­to­ries on the other hand main­tained that there “are a lot of sheep around”, while also stat­ing “that the mar­ket has be­come very dif­fi­cult be­cause of big UK num­bers and the falling value of ster­ling” and they are cut­ting their price cloth to suit their mea­sure.

The re­al­ity was yes­ter­day morn­ing of­fi­cial quotes were back by 15-20c/kg, while Dawn Bal­ly­hau­nis were not avail­able to quote.

On the price table Kil­dare Chill­ing con­tinue as the top payer de­spite shed­ding 10c/kg from last week on a price yes­ter­day morn­ing of €4.90/kg +10c/ kg bonus. Next up are Moy­val­ley Meats on a straight €4.90/ kg which is 10c/kg less than last week’s €5.00/kg. Kepak Ath­league slip from last week’s sec­ond best payer into third po­si­tion this week as they re­duce their quote by 15c/kg to €4.85/ kg+ qual­ity bonus of 5c/kg.

The two ICM plants seem to have made fourth place their own in re­cent times and by drop­ping their quote 20c/kg to €4.70+10c/kg qual­ity bonus they hold on to that po­si­tion again this week.

Avail­able quotes for ewes yes­ter­day saw their price also be­ing squeezed by be­tween 5-20c/kg as Kepak fall back 5c/kg from last week to €2.60+qual­ity bonus pay­ment of 5c/kg, while the two ICM plants wiped 20c/ kg off their quote from last week and yes­ter­day were on €2.50/kg.

While it’s un­der­stand­able that fac­to­ries are avail­ing them­selves of the op­por­tu­nity to make hay while the big­ger num­bers shine I did pick up on a few com­ments re­gard­ing num­bers.

Some fac­tory men seemed un­sure as to how long this week’s big­ger num­bers would last given that while some farm­ers had clearly tar­geted sales for this week oth­ers were mov­ing lamb be­cause de­te­ri­o­rat­ing ground con­di­tions and poor thrive were ne­ces­si­tat­ing it.

This be­ing par­tic­u­larly true in the west and north west, where not­with­stand­ing the del­uge across parts of north Done­gal last week the weather has been poor for a lot of Au­gust, with bro­ken weather and poor dry­ing con­di­tions.

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