The sheep trade has stepped up another gear, with factory quotes rising by 10c/kg to 20c/kg. Kildare Chilling remains in front with its base quote of €4.70/kg and 10c/kg Quality Assurance (QA) bonus. Kepak Athleague has jumped 15c/kg to a base of €4.60/kg plus 15c/kg QA bonus.

The two ICM plants in Navan and Camolin, along with Dawn Meats, are quoting a base of €4.60/kg plus 10c/kg QA. Ballon Meats has increased its quote by 20c/kg to an all-in price of €4.70/kg, while Moyvalley Meats is also quoting €4.70/kg.