Liveweight lamb prices ease

Thursday, 10 June 2021

In the week ending 9 June, both old and new season liveweight lamb prices eased. The GB NSL SQQ stood at 317.3p/kg, down 11p on the week before, while the OSL SQQ fell by nearly 13p to 228.0p/kg.

Estimated throughputs of all old and new season lambs at GB auction marts for the week totalled 101,300 head, up 16% on the week before (which included the bank holiday) but 3% lower compared to the same week a year ago. New season lamb numbers continued to climb, accounting for 86% of these throughputs during the week.

Industry reports suggest demand for light lambs eased slightly, in part due to reductions in the already reduced demand from France. Demand for heavier types however is reported as being better, with a reduction of New Zealand lamb available in the UK at the moment.

In the week ending 5 June, the GB NSL deadweight price rose by 6p to average 669.5p/kg. This puts the measure at 178p above the same week a year ago. This week included the late May bank holiday.

Cull ewes averaged £101.34/head liveweight in the week ending 9 June, down £3.43 on the week before.

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Hannah Clarke

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