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“Strong Improvement” in Hogget Trade

26 January 2015

UK – A giant leap in Northern Ireland’s deadweight hogget market has been confirmed as supplies tighten, forcing a 35 pence per kilo price lift on the prior week.

Hoggets jumped averaged 420 pence up to 22 kilos, significantly above last week’s 385-390 pence per kilo up to 22 kilos, reports the Livestock and Meat Commission over the weekend.

Throughput fell by almost 1,500 to 6,538 – a further 7,047 hoggets were bought by the Republic of Ireland.

Meanwhile, overall deadweight lamb lifted 4.6 pence per kilo to 387.8 pence.

In the Republic of Ireland, lamb was worth more in euro terms but remained steady at an equivalent of 379 pence per kilo.

Live Lamb Sales

Firm trade was reported across the NI sheep marts this week with similar numbers passing through the sale rings as previous weeks.

Massereene's monday trade was "firmer". Peak prices were higher despite a bigger yarding.

In Saintfield on Tuesday 524 hoggets sold from 350- 422p/kg compared to 611 hoggets last week selling from 330-400p/kg.

A good trade in Ballymena on Wednesday saw 1,444 hoggets sell to an average of 371p/kg compared to 812 hoggets last week selling to an average of 362p/kg.

A firm trade in Armoy this week saw 744 hoggets sold from 370-415p/kg compared to 215 hoggets last week selling from 365-410p/kg.

The ewe trade was generally quieter with a top reported price of £126 in Omagh last Saturday, breaking the prior week's table topping £126. 

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