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Over 6,000 NI lambs venture south for slaughter

NI lamb prices August 2021

Factories across Northern Ireland pulled lamb quotes by close to 5p/kg this week.

According to the LMC, quotes from the plants for R3 grading lambs ended this week ranging from 485-490p/kg up to 21kg.

A spokesperson for the Livestock and Meat Commission said: “The deadweight lamb price in NI last week was back 4.4p/kg from the previous week to 471.5p/kg.”

“The deadweight lamb price in ROI last week decreased by 12.2p/kg to the equivalent of 503.1p/kg.”

Throughput and exports

The north’s lamb throughput last week totalled 10,727 head, up 516 head from the previous week when 10,211 lambs were processed locally.

A further 6,093 lambs were exported from NI to ROI for direct slaughter last week, up from 4,935 lambs during the previous week. Lamb exports accounted for 36.2% of the total NI lamb output last week.

NI lamb prices August 2021: Last week

According to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), quotes for R3 grade lambs ended, ranging from 480-485p/kg up to 21kg across plants in Northern Ireland last week.

Its weekly report outlined that the deadweight lamb price in NI last week was 475.9p/kg. This is an increase of 6p/kg from the previous week.

The average ROI lamb price last week was back the equivalent of 1p/kg from the previous week to 515.3p/kg.

Lamb throughput in local NI plants amounted to 10,211 head – an increase of 149 lambs from the previous week.

However, this is down 1,150 head when compared to the 11,361 lambs processed in the corresponding week in 2020.

A further 4,935 lambs were exported from NI to ROI for direct slaughter last week. This was back 2,866 head from the previous week.

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Beef prices in Northern Ireland

“Mixed” was the word the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) used when describing Northern Ireland’s beef trade this week.

It reported that base quotes for in-spec U-3 grading steers and heifers ranged from 384-394p/kg across plants.

Quotes for O+3 grading cows ended this week ranged from 280-302p/kg.

The LMC spokesperson said: “The deadweight cattle trade in NI reported a mixed performance last week compared to the previous week.”

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