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Northern Ireland Lamb and Sheep Prices Higher

09 March 2015

NORTHERN IRELAND - Lamb and sheep prices lifted last week as plant throughput shrunk, according to Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC).

Quotes for R3 grade hoggets this week were 405-410p/kg up to 22kg across the plants with similar quotes expected for early next week, reports the LMC.

Throughput in the NI plants last week totalled 5,089 head, writes the LMC.

Throughput in the NI plants last week totalled 5,089 head, down 376 head from the previous week and similar to throughput in the corresponding period last year.

Exports of hoggets to ROI last week for direct slaughter totalled 5,974 head and accounted for 54 per cent of total NI output.

The average deadweight price in NI last week increased by 3p/kg to 397p/kg while the average price in ROI was the equivalent of 377.2p/kg.

In GB last week the average deadweight hogget price increased by 2.4p/kg to 428.1p/kg.

This Week’s Marts

A steady trade has been reported across the marts this week with smaller numbers of hoggets passing through the sale rings.

In Massereene on Monday a sharper trade saw 762 hoggets selling from 365-400p/kg compared to 762 hoggets selling from 350-382p/kg last week.

In Saintfield this week 400 hoggets sold from 353-400p/kg compared to 325 hoggets last week selling from 350-390p/kg.

In Enniskillen on Wednesday a similar trade to last week saw 628 hoggets selling to an average of 355p/kg.

In Markethill this week 780 hoggets sold from 340-382p/kg (avg 360p/kg) compared to 620 hoggets last week selling from 340-380p/kg (avg 360p/kg).

A firm trade has been reported for the small numbers of good quality ewes on offer across the marts with top prices of over £130 for well fleshed ewes in several of the marts.

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