April 2022 Sheep Prices: Factories in Northern Ireland
Prices for hoggets remained unchanged at 560-590p/kg (up to 22kgs) across sheep plants in Northern Ireland this week (April 2022).
That is according to the Livestock and Meat Commission, which reported that the average deadweight hogget price in NI last week was 568.3p/kg.
This represented a “significant” increase of 12.7p/kg from the previous week.
Meanwhile, the body reported that in the ROI last week, the average deadweight hogget price was up by the equivalent of 18.6p/kg to 606.7p/kg.
According to the commission, a total of 6,691 hoggets/lambs were killed in local plants last week, down 592 head from the 7,283 head killed the week locally prior to this.
On another note, exports of lambs/hoggets to ROI for direct slaughter amounted to 6,383 head. This fell 982 head when compared to the previous week.
Next week’s sheep prices
According to the commission’s market outlook, plants look likely to pay from 585p/kg upwards next week.
Meanwhile, it reported that plants will put a base price of 590-600p/kg on the table for spring lambs.
April 2022 Beef Prices: Report from factories in Northern Ireland
Young bull, heifer, cull cow and steer prices improved across beef plants in Northern Ireland this week (April 2022).
That is according to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), who, in its weekly market outlook report, outlined that base quotes for U-3 grade prime cattle “strengthened mid-week” to 392-410p/kg.
Meanwhile, prices for quality O+3 cows “remained steady” at 280-326p/kg.
According to the LMC:
- The average cow price in NI last week was up 5.9p/kg to 313.1p/kg, while the O3 cow price was up by 5p/kg to 338.2p/kg;
- Meanwhile, the average heifer price in NI last week increased by 0.8p/kg from the previous week to 412p/kg, while the R3 heifer price strengthened 3.2p/kg to 421.4p/kg;
- The average steer price rose by 2.9p/kg to 410.8p/kg, while the R3 steer price increased by 2p/kg to 420p/kg;
- The average young bull price reported an increase to the tune of 0.8p/kg to 392.6/kg, while the U3 young bull price increased by 0.8p/kg to 408.1p/kg.
Read this beef price update.