Drafting lambs: Factory agents are keen for lambs, with tight supplies helping to keep a floor under the trade. With market performance fluctuating on a continual basis, it is advisable to keep lambs moving as they come fit for slaughter. This will prevent free meat being produced at no value from carcases deemed overweight, reduce the overall volume of meat entering the market and deliver the optimum product for trading.

Factory procurement agents report a significant variation in slaughter performance. Young, well-fleshed lambs coming off creep are killing in the region of 50% while top-quality grass-fed lambs range from 48% to 50% kill-out.