IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy has called for a meeting between the IFA and factories to discuss price cuts on sheep of up to €11 per head compared with last year.

A price reduction of up to 7.5 per head, cuts of 50c/kg on heavy lambs €1.27 per head SRM charge and 71c per head of a scrapie charge on ewes account for the fall in price.

The IFA National Sheep Chairman said farmers cannot accept lamb price cuts when there is little or no change in retail prices.

The IFA is demanding that carcase weights be immediately moved up to 22 kgs for autumn and that factories introduce a strong Quality Assurance bonus of 30c/kg on lamb.

Mr. Dennehy told Midwest Radio News that the implementation of excess charges is unacceptable, even in the context of Brexit.

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