28 MAY 2020
ICSA sheep chair Sean McNamara has said the impending bank holiday weekend has seen factories pull prices again for no reason. “Lambs are still not that plentiful and with demand remaining strong at retail level the cuts this week are completely unjustified,” he said.
“Time and again we see factories pulling excuses out of the bag in attempt to explain away price cuts and it just doesn’t wash. Lamb is not getting any cheaper for the consumer, yet the farmer is being expected to produce it for less, just because it is a bank holiday.”
“I am also receiving reports of factories intimidating farmers who are selling online through the marts. They appear to be using this additional information available through online sales to see who is selling what and when, and then using it against them.”
“Farmers need to resist these tactics at all times and insist on getting paid properly.”