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Fewer Lambs Likely For Ireland This Year

06 March 2015

IRELAND – Ireland’s 2015 lambing crop will be smaller unless producers can drive a significant improvement in lambing rates.

This is according to EBLEX’s reaction to the latest Eurostat figures showing ewe numbers are almost 40 per cent below where they were in December 2000.

Levels are now at the lowest point since December 2010 after the second year of contraction.

An EBLEX spokesperson said: “For the second consecutive year the sheep breeding flock also fell in December, in spite of a good year for producers, with the better lamb market and improved fodder situation.

“Overall sheep numbers were unchanged in December, given increased number of other sheep − mainly lambs.”

Sheep meat exports are mirroring this trend, starting the year significantly lower. Bord Bia has reported a 20 per cent drop in cast ewe and ram throughput and and a 2 per cent drop in lambs.

Total sheep exports are over 16,000 head down up until the end of February. This is five per cent drop in cumulative supplies on last year. 

Irish lamb prices, however, are higher than last year, breaking the €5 per kilo mark.

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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