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UK sheep price increases 'never seen before'
Darren Carty
Currently at £7/kg (€8.20/kg), the AHDB reports that UK sheep prices have never before experienced such an elevated period of higher farmgate returns during January and February.
7 February 2024 Northern Ireland
Upward price momentum continues for hoggets
Farmers selling hoggets should consider their marketing options, as a vibrant live ring is providing strong competition for good-quality animals.
31 January 2024 Markets
NI Trends: tight supplies put farmers on front foot; deals to be had on hoggets
With factory agents wanting cattle, farmers in NI are well placed to negotiate for higher prices. The hogget trade is also positive, with deals to be made.
Australian lamb price recovery continues
The average price of lambs in Australia has now increased by over €1.50/kg over the last six weeks, with steady rainfall renewing confidence in sheep production.
28 January 2024 Markets
Sheep Trends: deals to be had on bigger batches
While base quotes in the main are unchanged reports indicate agents are keen to secure sales involving large numbers and prepared to pay well over base quotes.
24 January 2024 Markets
In pictures: solid sheep trade at Swatragh Mart
The weekly sale of fat sheep in Swatragh Mart saw prices holding steady, with strong demand for heavy-fleshed lots.
24 January 2024 Northern Ireland
Steady trade for prime beef and hoggets
Factory prices on prime cattle and sheep are holding steady at processing plants across NI.
17 January 2024 Northern Ireland
New Year optimism for beef and sheep
The short term outlook for the beef and sheep sectors during the early stages of 2024 is positive
3 January 2024 Northern Ireland
Watch: Christmas Belles ring out with tops of €2,100
Trade remained strong for in-lamb hoggets with the majority of ewes in lamb to the €13k Blessington champion Clara Fandango.
29 December 2023 Pedigree
Prime cattle prices 44p/kg ahead in 2023
Analysis of NI beef prices shows a significant increase in the year-to-date average across all classes of stock.
13 December 2023 Northern Ireland
Decline in EU sheep numbers to slow
Both exports and imports of sheepmeat are expected to grow in the EU out to 2035.
13 December 2023 News
Sheep Trends: quotes rebound by 10c/kg as supplies tighten
Last week’s kill fell by 3,874 head, prompting factories to quickly reverse their 10c/kg cut in base quotes.
6 December 2023 Markets