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My Farming Week: Gerry Burke, Eskerroe, Menlough, Co Galway
Darren Carty
Gerry Burke had a busy but enjoyable weekend providing hoggets for the open finals at the Kepak All-Ireland and International Sheep-Shearing Championships.
2 June 2024 Markets
Lamb quotes cut by 20c/kg to 30c/kg, hoggets by 30c/kg to 80c/kg
Speaking at the sheep shearing championships, IFA sheep chair Adrian Gallagher said the attempted cut risked undermining the sheep trade.
29 May 2024 Management
Sheep management: enzootic abortion, selling hoggets and scheme dates
While breeding seems a long time away early lamb producers in particular are being advised of potential supply shortages of enzootic abortion vaccines.
Sheep price update: opening lamb quotes remain at €9.50/kg
Lamb prices are steady, ranging in the main from €9.50/kg to €9.70/kg for quality assured lambs, with hogget prices also unchanged, ranging from €9.20/kg to €9.50/kg.
27 May 2024 Markets
Sheep Trends: throughput eases to 40,730 head
The weekly sheep kill is running over 7,500 head lower than the corresponding week in 2023, with the kill for the year to date running over 111,000 lower.
22 May 2024 Markets
Lambs holding firm as hogget supplies plummet
Fat lambs are a solid trade in NI with little movement on prices, although hoggets are getting harder to source
22 May 2024 Northern Ireland
Lamb prices rebound as plants reverse cuts
Tight supplies and a strong live trade has seen factories reversing last week's cuts to lamb prices.
15 May 2024 Northern Ireland
NI Trends: price deals to be made on prime cattle; lamb price steadies
Good-quality in-spec cattle are getting harder to source and there are deals to be made. After an electric start to the trade, lamb prices have steadied this week.
1 May 2024 Markets
Factories move to cut sheep prices
Sheep processors are applying price pressure on hoggets and lambs ahead of the May bank holiday weekend.
Sheep price update: pressure on hoggets as spring lambs strengthen
Factories have moved to try to take control of the hogget trade, with quotes reduced, while spring lamb base quotes have increased by 10c/kg.
29 April 2024 Markets
NI Trends: improved weather slows cattle supplies; lamb prices pushing on
There is more life in the beef trade this week, as fieldwork sees cattle supplies temporarily slow. Lamb prices continue to rise, with a vibrant live trade.
24 April 2024 Markets
Lamb prices drive on as cattle trade holds firm
Factory prices for fat lambs and hoggets are up 20p/kg on last week, whereas cattle are a steady trade.
24 April 2024 Northern Ireland