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Feb 18, 2016 | Press Releases | 0 comments

18th February, 2016

ICSA sheep chairman John Brooks has welcomed the special bonus available for E and U grade lambs sired by pedigree Beltex or Texel rams in Kepak, Athleague which will be worth 30-35c/kg up to 23kg. “The fact that markets in Europe have been secured by Kepak for these high quality lambs is an admission by the meat industry that carcass conformation matters. This is an important recognition of the role of top conformation lambs and the fact that higher weight limits are appropriate for U grade upwards,” said Mr Brooks.

“Farmers won’t be long stepping up to the plate with top quality lambs. For years sheep farmers have been told that weight and cover is all that counts. This move sees a shift in that thinking and it’s right that industry rewards producers for top quality.”

“This bonus reflects what can be achieved on key EU markets and it highlights the need for further marketing efforts to achieve better prices for better carcasses across the EU. Sheep farmers who have bred better conformation lambs have got very little recognition to date in the prices generally paid by sheep processors. This move by Kepak, Athleague is to be welcomed and we would like to see further progressive initiatives along these lines.”

The bonus will be available for lambs supplied through the QualEUtex producer group (Co-ordinator Donal Mee – 086 2254932, weekdays 6-8pm).


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