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Sheep trade: Hoggets reach 590p/kg

NI sheep prices

Factories across Northern Ireland (NI) moved sheep prices up a notch this week.

According to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), the deadweight trade for hoggets “strengthened as the week progressed”.

The body reported base quotes ended this week ranging from 560-590p/kg up to 22kgs.

Update on NI sheep prices 

A spokesperson for the LMC said:

“The average deadweight hogget price in NI last week was 555.6p/kg, up 8p/kg from the previous week.”

“In ROI last week, the deadweight hogget price was down by the equivalent of 1.6p/kg to 588.1p/kg,” the spokesperson added.

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Meanwhile, throughput of hoggets in NI plants last week amounted to 7,283 head, up 2,191 head from the previous week.

The LMC said ROI continues to “act as an important outlet” for NI with 7,365 hoggets exported for direct slaughter last week.

This was up 2,922 head compared to the previous week.

Last week’s sheep prices

Factories across Northern Ireland offered 550-560p/kg for R3 grade hoggets (up to 22kgs) last week.

That is according to the LMC (Livestock and Meat Commission), who reported that prices “remained steady”.

In last week’s report, the LMC said:

“The average deadweight hogget price in NI last week increased by 6.6p/kg to 547.6p/kg from the previous week.”

“Meanwhile, last week, the average ROI hogget price was up by the equivalent of 14.3p/kg to 589.6p/kg,” the spokesperson added.

This week’s beef prices

According to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), factories across Northern Ireland increased beef prices this week.

The commission reported that quotes for cull cows, heifers, young bulls, and bullocks were up on the previous week.

According to the LMC,

  • The cow trade in NI last week reported “further” improvements, with the average cow price up by 6.2p/kg to 307.2p/kg, while the O3 cow price increased by 5.2p/kg to 333.2p/kg from the previous week.
  • The average steer price “remained firm” at 407.9p/kg, with the R3 steer price up by just over a penny to 418p/kg;
  • The average heifer price last week rose by 3.5p/kg to 411.2p/kg, while the R3 heifer price was up 1.2p/kg to 418.2p/kg;
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