IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman John Lynskey said there are very few spring lambs available on the market to-date but with Easter Sunday on April 16th, butchers, factories and retailers will be looking for numbers in the next two weeks.
He said with the high production costs and work involved, farmers would need a price in the order of €7.00/kg for this top quality product. In addition, he said factories would need to pay to 21/21.5 kgs in order to ensure a reasonable return to producers.
John Lynskey said that Easter Sunday falls on April 16th and the Muslim festival of Ramadan begins on May 27th. He said this should lead to a strong demand for lambs throughout April and May.
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