Significant fall in numbers of Northern lambs being killed by factories
Latest figures show a significant decline in the numbers of lambs being imported from Northern Ireland for slaughter in the Republic.
According to figures from the Livestock and Meat Commission in Northern Ireland exports of lambs from Northern Ireland to the Republic for direct slaughter last week totalled 5,599 head taking total exports for the six week period ending 25 June 2017 to 28,099 head.
This accounts for a 13pc decline year on year.
Lamb exports to ROI accounted for 38pc of output from the NI sheep flock during the six weeks ending 25 June 2017, a decrease from the same period in 2016 when 42pc of NI lambs were exported to ROI for direct slaughter.
The lamb trade eased last week on the back of strong supplies and a slowdown in demand.
Base quotes for spring lamb were making on average between €5.30/kg and €5.40/kg while hoggets were generating around €5.00/kg. Looking at culled ewes, prices are currently making between €2.60/kg and €2.70/kg.
According to Bord Bia, overall throughputs at export meat plants for the week ending June 24th stood at almost 58,000 head which was up 13pc on the corresponding week in 2016.
This was mainly driven by stronger supplies of spring lamb. Cumulative figures for the year to date have reached 1.27m head, up 12pc or 133,000 head compared to the same period in 2016.