IRELAND - An Irish Farmers Association (IFA) lamb price survey of the five main supermarkets shows that retailers are charging consumers from €10 to €16/kg for the key lamb cuts, while the farmer price has fallen from €5.50/kg to as low as €4.70/kg in the last two weeks.
This points to a 60 per cent plus mark up on lamb by the retailers and factories over the farmer price, according to IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman John Lynskey.
Mr Lynskey said farmers cannot take any more price cuts and current farm gate prices of €4.70/kg, with some factories quoting as low as €4.50/kg, are now below the cost of production. He said this is not a sustainable position and farmers need a viable price for lamb, which does not involve subsidising the price from direct payments.
He added that retailers need to review their pricing policy and return a fairer share of the retail price to farmers, which covers the cost of production and leaves a margin.
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