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Northern Irish Lamb Price Back Last Week

29 September 2014

Northern Ireland - Deadweight lambs made less last week than the week before, averaging 334.4p/kg.

This was a drop of 1.6 pence per kilo, report market analysts at Livestock and Meat Commission Northern Ireland.

Quotes from the plants this week for R3 grade lambs were 335- 340p/kg to 21 kg in some plants while others were paying 335-340p/kg to 22kg.

The plants have reported steady supplies of good quality lambs coming forward for slaughter with a total of 11,134 lambs slaughtered in NI plants last week, a reduction of 1,370 head from the previous week.

Meanwhile exports to ROI for direct slaughter last week totalled 9,760 head, an increase of 957 head from the previous week.

In the corresponding week last year the deadweight lamb price was 357.2p/kg. This is a differential of 22.8p/kg year on year and is the equivalent of around £5 per head reduction year on year.

Deadweight prices also remained relatively steady in ROI and GB last week.

Livestock Markets

In Massereene on Monday 1,146 lambs sold from 305-340p/kg compared to 1,102 lambs the previous week selling from 300-332p/kg.

In Kilrea on Monday a slightly firmer trade saw 530 lambs sold from 300-328p/kg compared to 440 lambs the previous Monday selling from 292-318p/kg.

In Rathfriland on tuesday a good entry of 1,200 lambs sold to an average of 326p/kg compared to 1,065 lambs last week selling to an average of 333p/kg.

A sharper trade in Enniskilen on Wednesday saw 598 lambs sold from 314-342p/kg compared to 724 lambs last week selling from 308-332p/kg.

Top reported ewe prices were generally £75- 95 across the marts this week.

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