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Don't Hang on to Last Year's Lambs

07 May 2015

UK – Producers with carryover lambs from 2014 should not hang on to them, says National Sheep Association chief executive Phil Stocker.

Old season lambs should be sold when ready and fit for the market, making room for new stock coming through, farmers have been advised.

Mr Stocker said that, while the price is ‘disappointing’, farms should be looking to get lambs ‘fit not fat’ to stop overweight lambs from last year depressing the market.

He said: “NSA encourages producers to get old season lambs fit and into the food chain as soon as they are ready and meet market specifications.”

He blamed a ‘perfect storm’ of factors for making it an ‘incredibly frustrating time’ for sheep farmers.

However, with so much going against lamb prices, he stressed there were many things that could go right and bring about higher prices.

He added: “There are several factors contributing to the current situation: the strength of the pound; the economic situation on the continent; an increased New Zealand offering on our supermarket shelves; farmers in some regions lambing earlier in 2015, assisted by dry weather allowing them to sell new season lamb sooner; and a larger carry-over of old season lambs from 2014."

"The sheep sector should not lose heart, as it would only take one or two factors to change for there to be an uplift in the price.”

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