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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Sheep trade: Lambs back 5p/kg

Sheep prices September 2021

According to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), some plants across Northern Ireland pulled lamb quotes back 5p/kg this week.

It reports, in its weekly market update, that local processors offered 480-485p/kg for R3 grade lambs up to 21 kilos.

It expects that similar quotes will be available from early this coming week.

A spokesperson for the LMC said: “The average deadweight lamb price in NI last week was 469.2p/kg, back 7.1p/kg from the previous week.”

“Meanwhile, the deadweight lamb price in ROI was down 18.7p/kg to 501.5p/kg.”

Throughput and exports

Lamb throughput decreased last week with 9,474 lambs processed in local plants, down 169 lambs from the previous week.

In the corresponding week in 2020, 10,067 lambs were processed locally. Furthermore, 7,265 lambs were exported from NI to ROI for direct slaughter – an increase of 249 lambs when compared to the week prior.

Last week’s report: Sheep prices September 2021

Sheep processing plants across Northern Ireland moved lamb quotes up a notch this week.

The LMC (Livestock and Meat Commission) reported that quotes from processors for R3 grade lambs ranged from 485- 490p/kg up to 21kg.

However, the LMC expects quotes to range from 475-490p/kg next week.

A spokesperson for the commission said: “The average NI deadweight lamb price was down 7.2p/kg from the previous week to 441.9p/kg.”

“Meanwhile the deadweight lamb price in ROI was down 7.9p/kg to 520.2p/kg.”

Beef prices in Northern Ireland

According to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), factories in Northern Ireland held quotes at the previous week’s levels this week.

The body reported, in its weekly outlook, that quotes for U-3 prime cattle ranged from 384-394p/kg.

In the corresponding week in 2020, processors quoted 350-358p/kg for in-spec U-3 grade heifers and steers.

Quotes for good quality O+3 cows, this week, continued to vary from 280-300p/kg, with the LMC expecting similar prices next week.

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