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2 April 2020

The GB liveweight OSL SQQ fell a further 18.6p, to 202.15p/kg, in the week ending 1 April. Taking the last two weeks together, prices have dropped by 47.9p/kg.

2 April 2020

In December AHDB released its forecasts for cattle and sheep production. Since then the market has changed dramatically with much of Europe now in ‘lockdown’ due to coronavirus. Sheep prices have come under pressure with a lack of demand both domestically and in Europe, and the cattle industry is struggling with carcase balance.

2 April 2020

New Zealand volumes of sheep meat to the EU plus UK were marginally up during the first two months of 2020 at just shy of 25,000 tonnes. New Zealand’s usage of its EU quota (which for now includes the UK) during the first three months of the year was steady on-the-year.

1 April 2020

Coronavirus has not been positive for hide prices. The hide market had already been under pressure for some months, but further concerns about demand and the supply chain’s ability to keep running have pushed prices lower.

26 March 2020

The past week has been firmly spilt in two for the GB lamb market. The weekly GB liveweight OSL SQQ fell almost 30p in the week ended 25 March, to 220.76p/kg.

26 March 2020

The size of the UK breeding flock was steady year-on-year at the 1 December 2019.

24 March 2020

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has dominated global markets over the past month, and it remains a fast changing situation.

24 March 2020

Using Defra and HMRC data, as well as AHDB’s own eating out review of 2019, it’s possible to approximate how supply and demand balance for each red meat in the UK.

24 March 2020

Yesterday liveweight lamb prices fell sharply. The daily GB OSL SQQ declined by almost 73p week-on-week, which is equivalent to around £30/head, to 188.64p/kg.

20 March 2020

Scottish cattle numbers fell in December 2019, while sheep numbers continued to rise

19 March 2020

In the week ending 18 March, the GB OSL liveweight SQQ continued its upward trend from the week before, rising by over 7p to average 250.04p/kg.

19 March 2020

After two months of shut down, China has begun to cautiously relax measures brought in to control the spread of coronavirus. We explore what this could mean for the global meat markets.

19 March 2020

During January, UK imports of fresh and frozen sheep meat declined by 18%. Meanwhile, exports increased 7%.

19 March 2020

We take an initial look at how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting dairy and livestock markets.

16 March 2020

Irish census results show fewer cattle and more sheep on the ground in December year-on-year.

12 March 2020

Overall, production was down 2,000 tonnes, at 19,900 tonnes in February. 835,600 lambs came forwards which is fewer than the same month last year.

12 March 2020

The GB OSL liveweight SQQ rose by just over 4p to average 242.76p/kg, in the week ending 11 March.

12 March 2020

There are concerns that New Zealand sheep meat originally destined for China might be diverted towards Europe. Reports from New Zealand have confirmed the diverted product has mainly headed towards the Middle East.

11 March 2020

Defra has released its Farm Practices Survey, conducted in the autumn.

5 March 2020

The total number of breeding ewes recorded in England at the 1 December 2019 was steady year-on-year.

5 March 2020

During the week ending 4 March, the GB OSL liveweight SQQ increased 3.5p, to 238.39p/kg.

4 March 2020

In the 12 weeks to 26 January, the latest Kantar data shows retail sales of beef and lamb fell in both volume and value terms, compared to a year earlier.

28 February 2020

The latest results from the early bird survey show that the UK intended planted area for wheat is down 17% on the year.

27 February 2020

Deadweight prices strengthened again in the week ending 22 February.

27 February 2020

We take a look at the distribution of GB sheep throughputs on the EUROP grid.

20 February 2020

UK reported sheep meat exports fell in December, to 7,600 tonnes, according to data from HMRC.

20 February 2020

Deadweight sheep prices continued to rise in week ending 15 February

14 February 2020

Economic activity in China was much reduced for the New Year holiday, and then beyond as the government tried to limit the spread of coronavirus.

13 February 2020

UK sheep meat production for January stood at 24,200 tonnes, unchanged from the previous year

13 February 2020

The GB OSL liveweight SQQ lamb price continued its upward trajectory in the week ended 12 February, up 8.1p to 238.9p/kg.

6 February 2020

The GB OSL liveweight SQQ lamb price rose sharply in the week ended 5 February, up 14.18p to 230.81p/kg

6 February 2020

With Easter approaching and tight global lamb supply many people have asked, how much New Zealand lamb could be on the shelves this Easter?

6 February 2020

Spanish exports of fresh and frozen sheep meat increased 2,000 tonnes year-on-year during the year-to Nov, to 38,000 tonnes.

30 January 2020

Lamb farmgate prices have again recorded some week-on-week rises. In the week ended 29 January, the GB liveweight OSL SQQ increased 4p.

30 January 2020

A new report published by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) suggested the increasing use of low-carbon farming practices, improving animal health, precision farming, planting more trees, restoring peatland, increasing the planted area of bioenergy crops and reducing food waste would help to achieve reductions in emissions.

29 January 2020

France and Germany have both received reduced amounts of New Zealand lamb in the year to November 2019

23 January 2020

The GB deadweight old season lamb (OSL) SQQ rose by 1% for the week ending 18 January, averaging 454.7p/kg.

23 January 2020

Red meats have been struggling at retail in the past few weeks

17 January 2020

UK sheep meat production was 26,700 tonnes in December, steady compared to the same month in 2018

16 January 2020

Sheep prices stay buoyant in the week ended 11 January, bringing the GB deadweight OSL SQQ to 450.3p/kg

16 January 2020

During November, UK imports of fresh and frozen sheep meat recorded a modest decline compared to Nov 2018.

9 January 2020

In something of a repeat of 2019, sheep prices started the year strongly in 2020. During the week ending 4 January, the GB deadweight OSL SQQ averaged 450.1p/kg.

8 January 2020

Australia is currently facing extensive and severe wildfires. While most sheep are further inland than many of the fires, there are still significant numbers in the areas affected.

6 January 2020

New Zealand meat exports have increased sharply in value during 2019. Combined, the value of beef and sheep meat exports between Jan and Nov 2019 stood at NZ$6.7 million (£3.5 million).

6 January 2020

Despite China taking more meat from all over the world, it has not been enough to stop wholesale meat prices from rising.

3 January 2020

As ever, there are some conflicting forces in the sheep market at the moment.

2 January 2020

The GB daily liveweight SQQ has been relatively steady over the Christmas period. For the week ending 25 December, the SQQ price increased by nearly 16p to finish at 212p/kg.

23 December 2019

The latest update from Kantar, covering the 12 weeks ending 1 December, continues to bring news of red meat performing badly. Processed meats in particular are struggling.

23 December 2019

No-one can have escaped the headlines about consumer behaviour and views on meat and plant-based foods. The European Commission has investigated the impact that switching between animal protein and plant protein might have on the prices and production of each.

20 December 2019

During October 2019, UK fresh and frozen sheep meat imports declined 14% year-on-year, to 3,200 tonnes.

19 December 2019

The number of lambs on UK farms on the 1 June 2019 is pegged at 16.7 million head.

16 December 2019

During November, UK lamb kill totalled 1.2 million head, a similar number to in November 2018 but down just over 60,000 head month-on-month.

12 December 2019

For the year to date, the average weekly earnings for farm workers has continued a steady upward trend.

6 December 2019

Demand for beef, lamb and pork has been falling so far this year in key EU consuming countries.

24 October 2019

China has upped its protein imports since an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) last year, but what effect has this had on farmgate prices around the world?

28 August 2019

With a current GB auction market store lamb price of around £57/head, how much room is there for store buyers to add value?

9 July 2019

Should the UK not agree a free trade agreement with the EU post-Brexit, there would be tariffs in place. What might this mean for European importers?

19 March 2019

What could the tariffs actually mean for prices if they came into force.

19 March 2019

Details of the potential tariffs for importing and exporting if the UK and EU do not agree a free trade agreement.

14 March 2019

On Wednesday 13 March, the UK Department for International Trade published a document detailing the UK most favoured nation (MFN) import tariffs if there is a ‘no-deal Brexit’.

7 March 2019

It is well known that the UK both imports and exports sheep meat throughout the year.

1 February 2019

For the past two years, UK imports of lamb from New Zealand have tracked below historic normal levels while at the same time the global supply and demand balance has tightened, and global prices have continued to trend significantly above the five year average as we enter 2019.