Friday, 16 October 2020
By Bronwyn Magee
UK sheep meat production totalled 26,800 tonnes during September, holding steady year-on-year, according to data from Defra. Industry reports suggest the colder weather bought more animals forward during September.
Due to COVID-19 disruptions, responses to the Defra slaughter survey have remained low this month, which may impact on the kill split between lambs and ewes.
Average lamb carcase weights fell slightly on the year, down 0.2kg to 19.3kg. This is likely influenced by strong prices over the month, drawing out supply earlier and resulting in lighter carcase weights.
Included in the latest data release by Defra are some revisions to previous months published lamb and ewe kill. As such, between April and August this year, 94,000 more lambs were put forward than originally thought. Ewe kill was revised marginally, up 2000 head for this period.
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