It has been a whirlwind seven days for sheep producers. Factories significantly increased quotes by 10c/kg to 20c/kg on Friday and by a similar level again over the weekend, with demand outstripping supply.

There was fierce competition in some areas between factory agents keen to get higher numbers on hand at the start of the week to start filling orders for the Ramadan festival (starts Thursday 23 April) and this also helped push prices upwards.