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Northern Irish Plants Consider Weight Review

22 September 2014

NORTHERN IRELAND - Lamb supply continues to be strong as plants consider increasing the upper carcase weight.

According to a report from the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC)Northern Ireland, quotes from the plants this week were 335-340p/kg with the plants paying up to 21kg.

LMC analysts write that some plants have indicated they are increasing the upper carcase weight to 22kg from early next week.

Strong supplies of lambs continue to come forward for slaughter with 12,504 lambs killed in NI plants last week although this was 625 lambs fewer than the previous week.

Exports of sheep for direct slaughter in ROI plants totalled 8,803 head last week, a reduction of 1,448 head from the previous week when 10,251 lambs were exported, write LMC analysts.

The average deadweight price in NI last week was 336p/kg, down 5.9p/kg from the previous week.

In ROI last week the average lamb price was down the equivalent of 3.1p/kg to 337.2p/kg while in GB the lamb price was back by 12.9p/kg to 356.6p/kg.

Livestock Markets

A good trade in Massereene on Monday saw 1,102 lambs sold from 300-332p/kg compared to 1,166 lambs the previous week selling from 295-329p/kg.

In Kilrea on Monday a similar trade to the previous week saw 440 lambs sold from 292-318p/kg.

Meanwhile in Saintfield on Tuesday a better trade saw 748 lambs selling from 300- 360p/kg compared to 661 lambs last week selling from 290-341p/kg.

An improved trade was also reported in Ballymena where 1,643 lambs sold to an average of 304p/kg compared to 1,763 lambs the previous week selling to an average of 294p/kg.

A firm trade in Armoy on Wednesday evening saw lambs sell to an average of 314p/kg.

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