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Biggest Week For Sheep Exports to Ireland

13 October 2014

NORTHERN IRELAND - The highest weekly total for sheep trucked to the Republic of Ireland this year registered last week at 12,542, nearly 3,500 up on the week before.

The 37 per cent jump is a 'strong increase', reports the Livestock and Meat Commission. 

Northern Irish plants offered 330-335 pence per kilo up to 22 kilos, a level expected to continue this week.

A 'good supply' of 12,414 lambs were killed in NI plants last week. This was an increase of 567 head from the previous week.

Summarising deadweight prices, a spokesperson said: "Deadweight lamb prices have held steady in NI with an average deadweight price last week of 338.2p/kg with prices also holding steady in GB with an average lamb price last week of 354.3p/kg."

Liveweight Markets

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

In Massereene on Monday 1,266 lambs were sold from 300- 334p/kg compared to 1,526 lambs the previous week selling from 305-336p/kg.

In Saintfield on Tuesday 914 lambs sold from 295-360p/kg compared to 1,157 lambs last week selling from 296-359p/kg.

In Enniskillen this week a larger entry of 742 lambs sold from 313-334p/kg compared to 476 lambs last week selling from 310-345p/kg.

A good trade was reported in Markethill on Wednesday with 1,360 lambs selling from 305-345p/kg (avg 317p/kg).

The trade for cull ewes has also been steady with top prices generally in the range of £80-90 across the marts.

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