Lamb: international comparisons

AHDB are part of the agri benchmark international network of 15 member countries who submit data for sheep “typical” farms.

This is an internationally standardised method of identifying and analysing typical farms representing typical production systems and their profitability, at farm level, in each country. The results are expressed in US Dollars (USD) as the international comparison base.

For more information visit the agri benchmark website

The UK trades and competes in a global market and is therefore affected by exchange rates as well as any competitive cost of production. The countries in the charts are representative of the UK’s main competitors and the exporting environment for commercial sheep meat.

The farms in these charts are ranked in ascending order of total returns because, globally, farmers tend to have little control over their market price.

Cash costs include all paid expenses and non-cash costs include the value of family labour, rental value of owner-occupied land and depreciation.

Returns do not include decoupled payments typically received by some farms, such as the EU land-based payments, nor the returns from any other farm enterprises.

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The numbers after the country name are the number of ewes typically put to the ram each year.

Returns would include lambs sold for slaughter, for further finishing or breeding; cull and breeding ewes; and wool sales.

The farms selected for comparison are those whose aim is predominatly to produce finished (meat) lambs and are not typical of wool-producing flocks found in some of these countries.