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Sheep kill down by 13,897

Data from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has shown a fall in sheep throughput in week 16 of 2020 from the number slaughtered at the same stage last year.

A sharp decline of 13,897 has been recorded, falling from 53,548 down to 39,651.

Last week’s throughput:

  • Lambs/hoggets: 30,415;
  • Spring lambs: 4,797;
  • Ewes and rams: 4,439;
  • Light lambs: 0;
  • Total: 39,651.

Cumulative (excludes this week’s throughput):

  • Lambs/hoggets: 678,861;
  • Spring lambs: 10,983;
  • Ewes and rams: 92,807;
  • Light lambs: 18;
  • Total: 782,669.

Corresponding week last year:

  • Lambs/hoggets: 41,424;
  • Spring lambs: 4,712;
  • Ewes and rams: 7,412;
  • Light lambs: 0;
  • Total: 53,548.

Last year’s throughput:

  • Lambs/hoggets: 596,592;
  • Spring lambs: 12,229;
  • Ewes and rams: 112,096;
  • Light lambs: 3;
  • Total: 720,920.

Prices:

The most recent prices paid for hoggets range between €6.00/kg and €6.20/kg, with some making up to €6.30/kg.

Between €6.30-€6.60/kg is being quoted for spring lamb with tops of €6.70/kg being paid.

Cull ewes are ranging from €2.60-€2.70/kg, with some reaching up to €2.80.

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