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Sheep Trends: differential of up to 50c/kg emerging
Darren Carty
A two-tiered trading system appears to be developing, with specialist finishers and agents handling very large numbers securing up to 40c to 50c/kg above quoted prices.
19 February 2024 Markets
Sheep price update: trade heats up as hoggets top €180/head
Marts held on Monday recorded a vibrant trade, while the factory trade has also increased, with base quotes up 10c/kg to 20c/kg.
12 February 2024 Markets
Sheep price update: base lamb quotes breach the €7/kg mark
Kildare Chilling is the first plant to quote a base of €7/kg following its 20c/kg increase in quotes for Tuesday’s kill.
Power in numbers for Longford Cattle Producer Group
Adam Woods visits Longford Cattle producer group member Oisin Farrell in Co Longford
24 January 2024 Grass & feeding
Sheep Trends: lamb quotes rise by 10c/kg
Quotes for quality assured lambs range from €6.75/kg to €6.80/kg, with growing numbers trading from €6.80/kg to €6.95/kg and top prices exceeding €7/kg.
17 January 2024 Markets
Christmas schedule for lamb processing
Plants are working as normal in the week leading up to Christmas with minimum disruption thereafter, with the majority of plants closed on 25 and 26 December and 1 January.
17 December 2023 Markets
Sheep Trends: base quotes remain unchanged across the board
Factories have held firm on price for both lambs and ewes, with no cuts imposed on either.
13 December 2023 Markets
Sheep Trends: firm appetite lifts quotes by 10c/kg more
The majority of lambs are now trading upwards of €6.55/kg to €6.60/kg, with prices at the top end of the market ranging on average from €6.70/kg to €6.80/kg.
15 November 2023 Markets
Tight supplies lifting lamb prices by 10c/kg
Factory agents have not increased prices across the board but are rewarding groups and regular sellers by paying well above the quoted price.
8 November 2023 Markets
Sheep price update: 10c/kg rise as factories chase good-quality lambs
Kildare Chilling continues to lead the line with its base quote of €6.40/kg plus 10c/kg quality assurance payment.
6 November 2023 Markets
Farmer Writes: don’t be a statistic
Farmer Joe Collingborn writes about the importance of health and safety in farming.
7 October 2023 Farmer Writes
Sheep price update: significant variation in quotes remains
Base quotes range from €5.90/kg to €6.20/kg, with prices paid for quality assured lambs ranging from €6.10/kg to €6.30/kg.
2 October 2023 Markets