The average factory price for sheep w/e 30 June 2019 is €484.44. Base quotes are unchanged this week , perhaps as a result of factory protests which farmers held in opposition to what they see as a very weak price. Factories appear reluctant to go below the €5.00 barrier with most farmers reporting base quotes of €5.10- €5.20 for lambs. A total of 58,904 sheep were slaughtered at sheep export premises the week ended 30th June, compared to 58,649 in the same week of 2018. Sheep slaughterings for 2019 are 6% down on 2018 at 1,252,796 head for YTD.