Factory agents have significantly stepped up their purchasing activity over the last week. The higher demand for lambs in recent weeks is being driven by more customers switching over from hogget to spring lamb, hogget throughput falling to a very low level and rising demand ahead of the Ramadan festival, which commences on 7 June.

While factories have played down a sharp rise in demand on the back of the Ramadan festival, there is no doubt that it has put more life into a market where supplies are already tight.