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Strong Lamb Market as Supplies Tighten

27 October 2014

NORTHERN IRELAND - Lamb trade has improved on the back of tightening supplies and and strong competition for good quality lambs, according to meat plant quotes.

Prices increased to 355-360 p per kilo, according to the weekly Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) report.

A total of 10,388 lambs were killed in NI plants last week, the second consecutive week in which lamb throughputs have declined.

In the corresponding week last year, throughput in the NI plants totalled 11,775 head.

The deadweight lamb price in NI last week increased by 6.1p/kg to 341p/kg in response to an improvement in the base quotes from the plants with prices in ROI increasing by the equivalent of 16p/kg to 338.4p/kg.

Meanwhile in GB the average deadweight price was within a penny of the previous week at 353p/kg.

Liveweight Markets

A stronger trade was reported across the marts compared to previous weeks, with high numbers continuing to pass through the sale rings.

In Masserene on Monday 1,254 lambs were sold from 325-367p/kg compared to 1,016 lambs last week selling from 305-340p/kg.

In Saintfield on Tuesday 705 lambs were sold from 318-394p/kg compared to 756 lambs selling last week at 304-372p/kg.

In Rathfriland on Tuesday 1,338 lambs were sold from 320-415p/kg compared to 1,130 lambs from 315-409p/kg the previous week.

A sizeable increase in numbers in Ballymena saw 2,035 lambs pass through the ring with prices from 310- 354p/kg.

The trade for cull ewes has also been good with top prices of generally in the region of £80-100 across the marts.

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