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Tight supplies Seen in Northern Ireland Lamb Markets

21 October 2014

NORTHERN IRELAND - Quotes from the plants this week ranged from 335-345p/kg for R3 grade lambs with plants continuing to pay up to 22kg, reports the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC).

Lambs coming forward for slaughter continue to be of good quality with 52 per cent of lambs killed in NI plants last week achieving an R3 grade with a further 26 per cent achieving a U3 grade, write LMC analysts.

A tightening in the supply of lambs has been reported with a total kill last week of 11,489 head, a reduction of 925 head from the previous week.

Exports to ROI for direct slaughter last week also declined with a total of 10,016 sheep exported, a reduction of 2,526 head from the previous week.

The deadweight lamb price in NI last week was 334.9p/kg, down 3.3p/kg from the previous week. In GB the deadweight lamb price was almost unchanged at 354p/kg.

This Week’s Marts

A steady trade has been reported across the marts this week with fairly similar numbers passing through the sale rings.

In Kilrea on Monday 550 lambs sold from 305-350p/kg compared to 655 lambs last week selling from 298-346p/kg.

In Massereene on Monday a slightly firmer trade than last week saw 1,016 lambs sell from 305-340p/kg.

In Rathfriland this week an improved trade saw 1,130 lambs sell to an average of 323p/kg compared to a slightly larger entry of 1,352 lambs last week selling to an average of 310p/kg.

A sharper trade in Armoy this week saw 475 fat lambs sell from 307-355p/kg compared to 424 lambs last week selling from 296-332p/kg.

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