ICSA sheep chair Sean McNamara has said price cuts this week of up to 0.30c/kg for lamb are a "disgrace".
“Processors are once again sticking the boot in. Beef prices have fallen through the floor and now they’re doing the same with lambs.”
“Base quotes are running at around €4.50/kg which is totally unacceptable. How can they expect farmers to stay going? If this continues, farmers just won’t be putting their ewes in lamb.” McNamara added.
He stated that big quantities of lambs are coming down from the north. “While we accept that a certain amount of imported lamb is required to meet export demands, the numbers coming in now are only serving to undercut the prices paid to Irish farmers.”
“It’s a cynical tactic and a shameful way to treat a sector that operates on such slim margins.” he concluded.