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Lower Availability Sees Steady Lamb Trade

04 November 2014

NORTHERN IRELAND - Tightening lamb supply and steady prices characterised Northern Ireland's lamb markets last week.

Quotes from the major plants for R3 grade lambs ranged from 355-360p/kg available up to 22kg, reports the Livestock and Meat Commission. 

There were 9,642 lambs killed in local plants last week compared to 10,388 the previous week.

Exports of sheep to ROI for direct slaughter last week totalled 9,970 head compared to 9,343 the previous week, accounting for a seven per cent increase week on week.

Deadweight lamb prices recorded a strong increase last week with the average lamb price up 17.5p/kg to 358.5p/kg last week.

In GB last week the deadweight lamb trade remained relatively steady with the average lamb price up 1.9p/kg to 354.9p/kg.

Liveweight Prices

A firm trade for good quality lambs was reported across the marts this week with good numbers passing through the sale rings.

Several marts have reported a similar trade to previous weeks but an increase in the proportion of heavier lambs which has influenced reported prices.

In Massereene on Monday a similar trade to the previous Monday saw 1,126 lambs sold from 325-367p/kg.

In Rathfriland this week 1,469 lambs sold to an average of 337p/kg compared to 1,338 lambs last week selling to an average of 342p/kg.

In Ballymena this week 2,357 lambs sold to an average of 317p/kg compared to 2,035 lambs last week selling to an average of 329p/kg.

The top reported price for cull ewes this week was £100 in Ballymena with top prices generally £80-90 across the marts

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