Market demand for lamb has helped to push up prices, according to IFA sheep chair Dean Dennehy.

A similar impact has been observed on sales of beef, and Dennehy said he expects the surge in sales to continue as long as restrictions do.

He advised farmers that lambs were making €6.10/kg, with deals of up to €6.25/kg available at this stage of the week, and weights to 23kg were also available.

Dennehy recommended that farmers sell lambs as they become fit and to sell hard, with up to 15c/kg difference offered between factories.

It marks a good start to the year for the sheep sector and Teagasc has forecast that it is one of the only sectors in farming that will do well in 2021, despite COVID-19 and Brexit.

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