FARMING: Climate Action Bill, lamb prices

IFA President Tim Cullinan has strongly criticised the lack of scrutiny of the Climate Action Bill and has accused Minister Eamon Ryan of attempting to ‘ram through’ the legislation without due process.

Mr Cullinan went on to add that there are over 290 amendments put down on the Bill which, he said, have been ignored by the Minister.

The Tipperary farming official says this legislation will have ramifications for the future of faming and the entire economy and he insists the three Government parties cannot vote this through as it stands.


Lamb prices

There is good new this evening for farmers who may soon be selling lambs.

Factories are freely offering €7.60/kg and deals on transport to secure lambs, with higher deals available for larger numbers. Cull ewes are making €3.20-€3.50/kg.

Supplies of suitable finished lambs are tight and market conditions are strong. Hogget supplies have significantly decreased in recent weeks, reducing the number of sheep available for slaughter.

The kill to-date is running 8% behind last year and with the cold weather slowing lamb finish, the number of suitable lambs available remain low

Imports from NI for direct slaughter have totalled 91,314, which is back by almost 30,000 on last year.

Flock-building in New Zealand and Australia, and strong import demand from China, is contributing to a global shortage of sheep meat.