Factory lamb price cuts ranging from 25c/kg to 40c/kg imposed at the end of last week and news of a consignment of 1,100 sheep carcases (reported as totalling 23t) imported from Britain by Irish Country Meats (ICM) on Monday continue to dominate sheep trade discussions.

IFA sheep chair Sean Dennehy reacted angrily to both developments on Monday morning, stating: “Farmers are outraged that factories, in the same week as they attempt to pull the price of lambs and hoggets, would use imported lamb to fill orders.