Pos­i­tive mar­ket trend con­tin­ues for lamb sales

Irish Examiner - Farming - - FARMMARKETS - Martin Ryan

Lamb price trends at the fac­to­ries have con­tin­ued pos­i­tively for sheep farm­ers this week, with sell­ers re­tain­ing the gains of last week, and some prices mov­ing up fur­ther by as much as 10 cents/kg.

Tighter sup­ply boosted the trade at fac­to­ries and in the mart sales again this week.

Most pro­ces­sors quote a base price of 480 cents/kg for lambs, with some hav­ing ad­vanced to 490 cents/kg, and the qual­ity bonus of up to 10 cents/kg added as ap­pli­ca­ble. How­ever, the quoted prices are as usual only a base from which to ne­go­ti­ate the even­tual sell­ing price. In gen­eral, fac­tory lambs are chang­ing hands for 500-510 cents/kg this week.

Some sell­ers say a few cents/kg more than that is achiev­able, but it is not gen­er­ally avail­able.

At the mart sales on Mon­day, the re­port was gen­er­ally of strong de­mand and prices ei­ther sta­ble or im­proved from last week, with num­bers on of­fer at the sales re­main­ing on the low side. There was an en­try of 400 head on Mon­day at Cor­rin Mart, where the trade was de­scribed as good, driven by de­mand from butch­ers who paid up to €67 over.

A pen of twelve weigh­ing 53 kgs sold for €120, and a pen of ten weigh­ing 56 kgs sold for €122.

Fac­tory lots sold for up to €65 over. There was also a good trade on Mon­day at Kilkenny Mart, where 400 head were of­fered. Butch­ers paid up to €64 over. A pen weigh­ing 53 kgs sold for €118 and a pen weigh­ing 56 kgs sold for €120. The fac­tory lambs sold for up to €59 over.

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