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Slaughter numbers rise with strong demand from factories

The number of spring lambs slaughtered is on the rise, according to tot the Department of Agriculture’s slaughter figures.

There has been a strong demand from factories which has seen numbers increase to 51,973 from 42,491 last week. This is also a significant rise on last year’s figures, which stood at 43,349.

Last week’s throughput:

  • Lambs/hoggets: 1,876;
  • Spring lambs: 51,973;
  • Ewes and rams: 7,872;
  • Light lambs: 12;
  • Total: 61,733.

Cumulative (excludes this week’s throughput):

  • Lambs/hoggets: 782,992;
  • Spring lambs: 263,353;
  • Ewes and rams: 147,724;
  • Light lambs: 40;
  • Total: 1,194,109.

Corresponding week last year:

  • Lambs/hoggets: 4,302;
  • Spring lambs: 43,349;
  • Ewes and rams: 6,822;
  • Light lambs: 23;
  • Total: 54,496.

Last year’s throughput:

  • Lambs/hoggets: 744,205;
  • Spring lambs: 224,770;
  • Ewes and rams: 168,157;
  • Light lambs: 34;
  • Total: 1,137,166.

Prices:

Strong demand from factories this week but prices have remained steady, with ewe prices remaining at €2.70/kg and top prices of €5.70/kg for lambs and hoggets, including bonuses.

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