Processors are keeping a tight grip on the sheep trade with quotes for hoggets cut by 10p to 15p/kg from the start of this week.
This puts base prices on 495p to 500p/kg. Negotiating above this level has been difficult unless farmers can offer big numbers of meal finished animals.
However, by mid-week, snow and ice resulted in fewer farmers offloading animals due to treacherous road conditions, leaving factories and marts short on numbers. Prices did improve with deals of 510p/kg on offer to entice farmers to travel.
In the Republic of Ireland hoggets are moving off farm between €6 to €6.20/kg which converts to a sterling equivalent of 500p to 517p/kg.