The average carcase weight of lambs and hoggets handled by sheep factories in 2019 reached a 10-year high of 21.2kg. This represented a significant increase of 0.7kg on 2018 levels and an increase of 1kg on the 10-year average, as reflected in Figure 1.

The increase was driven by hoggets being slaughtered at much heavier weights. The average weight of hoggets/lambs handled by factories in the first 21 weeks of 2019 was recorded at 21.99kg, an increase of 1.4kg or 7% on the corresponding period in 2018. The average weight of hoggets/lambs slaughtered from week 22 to week 52 recorded a marginal increase of 0.22kg or 1% on 2018 levels to reach 20.66kg.