GB lamb prices ease

Thursday, 17 February 2022

In the week ending 16 February, the GB liveweight old season lamb SQQ averaged 263.1p/kg, a slip of 4.2p from the week before. Despite this, the measure was still 46p ahead of the five-year average for the time of year.

The total number of lambs (old season and new season) sold at GB auction marts during the week was estimated to be 102,100 head, a 4% (4,000 head) decrease from the week before. Numbers were however 4% ahead of the same week a year ago.

Price declines were seen in most weight bands in the GB average, but particularly heavier weight hoggets, as was the case reported at many centres. Cull ewes averaged £92.13/head in the same week, 26p dearer than the week before.

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In the week ending 12 February, the GB deadweight old season lamb SQQ averaged 587.90p/kg, largely unchanged (+0.5p) from the week before. The measure was 5p lower than the price recorded during the same week a year ago, but still over £1 ahead of the five-year average.

Lamb throughput at GB abattoirs was estimated to be 230,000 head for the week, up 10% from the week before.

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