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Not Enough Lambs Mean Strong Irish Prices

20 October 2014

IRELAND – Supply shortages have lifted Irish lamb prices, leaving factories ‘chasing lambs’, says a farm spokesman.

Meat plants are ‘struggling to get numbers’ and have increased prices to €4.70/kilo up to a ceiling of 22.4 kilo carcase weights, according to John Lynskey, Sheep Committee Chairman, Irish Farmers’ Association.

He said high weekly slaughter figures since Easter and strong live export trade in September are the cause.

Imports from Northern Ireland are 20 per cent – almost 70,000 head – lower, he added.

He said future supplies look to be tight for the remainder of 2014 and into 2015.

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