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AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly


22 August 2016

AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 22 August 2016AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 22 August 2016


Some weakening in liveweight lamb trade

Liveweight lamb prices began to decline in the past week as higher numbers have been coming to the market. In the week ended 17 August, the price of lambs at GB auction markets declined compared to the previous week. The GB SQQ was down by 3p on the week at 186.4p/kg, however, sharper falls seen at this time last year meant that the gap between this year’s and last year’s prices grew, with 2016 prices being 41p higher than those from 2015. Larger falls were seen as the week progressed, with the GB SQQ on Wednesday 17 August down by 7p at 183.5p/kg. Prices have fallen as higher numbers of lambs have been coming to the market.

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Heat in the cattle trade on par with the weather

In week ended 13 August the cattle trade continued to feel the effect of slower finishing and less abundant supplies. With processors' chill-room stocks depleted and the supply situation giving little opportunity for replenishment, the market continues to sit firmly in producers' favour.

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