There has been a price lift in the marts at long last. Finished hogget prices are up €3 to €5/head and factory agents are keen for numbers. The price rise in the marts is reflective of the recent increase in factory quotes, which is very much welcome news to hogget finishers.
This is the first real price rise for hoggets this year. Finishers have had to contend with extremely poor margins this winter, with prices back 13% to 14% on the same period last year.