Lamb prices under scrutiny

Cuts in lamb prices has attracted the ire of The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association this week.

Cuts in lamb prices has attracted the ire of The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association this week.

ICSA bosses hit out at the recent reductions and urged sheep farmers to be on their guard to differing upper 
weight limits.

The association’s national sheep chairman, Paul Brady, said the price for lamb has fallen sharply, heaping more pain on under fire farmers.

“It is unacceptable that prices have fallen by up to 20c per kg over the past few days, with some factories quoting as low as €4.80/kg for lambs,” he said.

“On top of that, many factories are only paying out up to 21kg, or 22kg in rare cases.

“With many R and U grade lambs hitting the 23kg mark, my advice for farmers would be to shop around for the best price and to pay close attention to the upper weight limits being set 
by the factories.”

He said the demands confronting farmers 
needs addressing.

“The way I see it, factories are being paid for the entire carcass so there is no justification for the factories to be setting these upper weight limits in the first place.”