Sheep prices recovering, but weight limits still need to be lifted

6th June, 2012

Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association Sheep Committee Chairman, Paul Brady, says factories have finally got the message on sheep prices.  

It’s being reported that farmers can get up to 30c/kg more today than what was being offered last week.  

Mr. Brady said, “ICSA has been voicing serious concern about sheep prices recently.  The situation simply could not continue and I am relieved to hear that the factories have listened and have started paying more realistic prices for stock.”

“However, farmers are still only getting paid up to 20kg.  This is far too severe of a weight limit and is seriously undermining the prices being paid.  We have already warned that plans for the expansion of sheep production under Food Harvest 2020 are questionable, given the recent trends in the market.  The factories must play their part in supporting sheep farming in Ireland if it’s to be sustained into the future,” Mr. Brady concluded.