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Lamb Supply Strong in Northern Ireland

15 September 2014

UK - Supply remained strong last week with little price movements on the week before in Irish lamb markets.

Plant quotes early last week for R3 grade lambs were 340-345p/kg with quotes for today (Monday) of 335p/kg.

The plants have reported steady supplies of good quality lambs coming forward for slaughter with 31 per cent of the price reported lambs last week achieving a U3 grade and a further 49 per cent achieving an R3 grade.

Throughput in the NI plants last week totalled 13,129 head, an increase of 1,151 from the previous week. Meanwhile exports to ROI for direct slaughter increased to 9,831 head, the highest weekly level of export during 2014 to date.

The deadweight lamb price in NI last week was back 1.6p/kg to 341.9p/kg while the deadweight price in ROI was unchanged at340.3p/kg. In GB last week the deadweight price was back by 5.2p/kg to 369.5p/kg.

Mart Sales

Generally, the marts reported a slightly quieter trade for lambs this week with strong numbers continuing to pass through the sale rings.

In Swatragh last Saturday 1000 lambs sold from 300- 342p/kg compared to 1200 lambs the previous Saturday selling from 299-349p/kg.

In Massereene on Monday 1,166 lambs sold from 295- 329p/kg compared to 1,320 the previous Monday selling from 300-331p/kg.

In Enniskillen on Wednesday 635 lambs sold from 292- 328p/kg compared to 524 last week selling from 302-338p/kg.

A good trade has been reported for well fleshed cull ewes with top prices generally ranging from £85-95.

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