Deadweight lamb prices show promise whilst liveweight drop back

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Liveweight lamb prices dropped back slightly over the last week. The GB liveweight NSL SQQ price averaged 204.79p/kg for the week ending 11 November. Liveweight lamb prices are down nearly 5p on the previous week, however they are still up 17p on the same week last year.

During the last week, auction market throughputs were estimated at 127,500 head, down 2% (2,000 head) on the previous week, however throughputs still remain up on last year’s levels. Some industry reports have suggested that demand may now steady towards Christmas, and that the current restrictions in place and numbers coming forward may have more of an influence on the price in the short term.

The deadweight price has jumped up for the week ending 7 November, the NSL SQQ averaged 447.9p/kg, up 11.8p on the previous week. The deadweight lamb price is now 58p above the same week last year, and 71p above the five-year-average. Total estimated throughputs were up by 3,100 head on the previous week totalling 252,700 head.



By Charlie Reeve

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