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Sheep prices: Lamb prices hit the 510p/kg mark

Sheep prices October 2021 

According to the Livestock and Meat Commission, quotes for R3 grade lambs continued to “remain firm” this week.

In its weekly outlook, it reported that plants paid 500-510p/kg up to 22kg.

“The deadweight lamb price in NI last week increased by 5.3p/kg to 487.7p/kg.”

“In the corresponding week last year, the average deadweight lamb price in NI was 429.3p/kg.”

“Meanwhile, the ROI lamb price was up 6.8p/kg to 531.3p/kg,” the LMC added.

It outlined that 8,539 lambs processed in local plants last week, up 1,080 from the previous week.

In the corresponding week last week, 10,783 lambs were processed in local plants.

Lamb exports to ROI last week for direct slaughter totalled 7,567, a decrease of 277 lambs from the previous week.

More sheep price updates.

Beef prices

According to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), beef prices were “steady” across plants in Northern Ireland this week.

It reported in its weekly market that base quotes for in-spec U-3 grade prime cattle ranged from 386-394p/kg.

In the same week in 2020, quotes for U-3 grade prime cattle varied from 354-360p/kg.

Prices for O+3 grade cows continued to range from 260-300p/kg.

Last week, prime cattle throughput amounted to 8,032, an increase of 468 head from the previous week.

This is an increase of 614 head compared to the same week in 2020 when cattle throughput reached 7,418 head.

“The Northern Ireland deadweight trade for prime cattle reported a mixed performance last week.”

  • The average steer price was up 0.3p/kg to 392.2p/kg, while the R3 steer price was back 0.4p/kg to 400.8p/kg. In the same week, last year, the R3 steer price in NI was 367.3p/kg, 33.5p/kg behind current levels. “This equates to an additional £117 on a 350kg steer carcase.”
  • The average heifer price was back 0.4p/kg to 395.1p/kg, while the R3 heifer price was up 0.8p/kg to 403.2p/kg.
  • The average young bull price fell 0.5p/kg to 374.6p/kg, while the R3 increased by 2.3p/kg to 388.9p/kg;
  • Meanwhile, the average cow price was up 2.2p/kg to 278.9p/kg. The O3 cow price was back 1.2p/kg to 310.1p/kg.

Read about GB and ROI beef prices.

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