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Irish Lamb Prices Down, Northern Irish Up

06 October 2014

NORTHERN IRELAND – Republic of Ireland lamb is trading over eight cents per kilo below Northern Irish lamb at 331.7 p/kilo as sheep trade remains ‘steady’.

Deadweight prices jumped 5.1 p/kilo in Northern Ireland at 339.5 p/kilo, while further south, prices dipped 3.5 p/kilo.

This can be attributed to a cheaper € against the sterling £, say Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland market analysts.

Great Britain deadweight lambs averaged 353.9 p/kilo, bouncing back 3.1 p/kilo.
Northern Irish plants managed 340 p/kilo up to 22 kilos.

Over lamb supply, at 11,134, and sheep exports to ROI, 9,127, were back on the previous week.

Liveweight Markets

A similar trade to previous weeks was reported across many of the marts this week with good numbers of lambs passing through the sale rings.

In Kilrea on Monday 608 lambs sold from 306-339p/kg compared to 530 lambs last week selling from 300-328p/kg.

In Rathfriland on Tuesday a good entry of 1,406 lambs were sold to an average of 319p/kg compared to 1,200 lambs last week selling to an average of 326p/kg.

In Ballymena on Wednesday a similar trade to last week saw a large entry of 2,557 lambs sold to an average of 303p/kg.

A firm trade for good quality cull ewes has continued with top prices generally ranging from £80-90 across the marts.

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