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Strongest Sheep Kill Since November for Northern Ireland

19 January 2015

NORTHERN IRELAND – Last week saw high slaughter numbers as deadweight sheep values stayed largely unchanged, reports the Livestock and Meat Commission.

Plants expect 390 pence per kilo quotes to start the week after last week’s prices of 385 to 390 pence per kilo range as almost 9,500 animals were slaughtered.

Ewe slaughter was down 20 per cent year on year but up four per cent for Hoggets.

Exports, at close to 9,300 head, were slightly higher than the week before and similar to last year, although supplies could be tightening.

Livestock Markets

Steady markets reported similar prices to the prior week. Ewe prices were firm at £130 per head or more.

Monday’s Masserene sale saw a smaller yarding of 822 hoggets at 350-377 pence per kilo, down from 1000 head from a similar base price last week, up to 380 pence per kilo.

Saintfield saw similar numbers to the week before as 611 hoggets achieved 330-400 pence per kilo.

Ballymena numbers halved but saw better prices as a result. A small sale of 812 hoggets averaging 362 pence beat 1750 head sold at an average of 34 pence per kilo.

Difficult weather hindered sales at Armoy.

 

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