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Top Breeding Flocks £30 Per Ewe Ahead

17 November 2014

UK - Huge profit variation has been seen across English sheep farms over the latest production year, according to a new industry report.

Lowland breeding flocks in England lost an average of £16.50 per ewe, while the top third of businesses made over £10 a head, say EBLEX analysts.

A difference of around £25 to £30 per ewe was recorded between top and average breeding flocks.

Data showed a £28 per ewe gap between average farmers and the top third of producers in Less Favoured Areas.

On average farms lost £13.50 per ewe, while the top third of farms made over £15.

The figures are just two of many in the second annual Stocktake Report for a range of farms for the April 2013 to March 2014 season.

Industry analyst Paul Heyhoe tweeted that there were some “positives” for the sheep sector, describing that sheep farms can be “very good” enterprises.

However, many producers are in a “bleak situation, he added.

He tweeted: “While these figures are a worry, different business structures, off farm incomes, support payments etc keep many businesses viable.”

There was a noticeable benefit in lambing later on lowland farms.

Average businesses lambing in April and May had net losses of £9 per ewe compared with £24 per ewe losses on farms lambing in February and March.

For high achievers, lambing later mean £13 more margin per ewe at £15 a head.

Michael Priestley

Michael Priestley
News Team - Editor

Mainly production and market stories on ruminants sector. Works closely with sustainability consultants at FAI Farms.

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