John Lynskey, National Sheep Chairman for the IFA, has today said the lamb trade is remaining steady across the country with factories paying as much as €6.00 - €6.15 per kilogram for spring lambs.
Lynskey said that prices have remined steady as supplies remain tight, which leaves agents anxious to find lambs. He also added that factories will be eager to source more supplies for the upcoming Ramadan, May 27th.
The chairman also added that hoggets are now making prices of around €5.10 with more for quality larger lots. Meanwhile ewes are coming in at average prices of €2.70/kg.
Lynskey also said that weekly kill numbers, ending week May 7th, were up to 46,000. 14,371 of these numbers sold were spring lambs. This year so far he noted that kills are up to 104,783 in total.
This he said reflects a huge increase, 13%, in hogget and cull ewe sales. This he said represents a massive increase on 2016 numbers.