Sharp drop in British lamb prices

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The liveweight lamb market has dropped noticeably this week, with the falls following smaller declines already seen over the past couple of weeks. Meanwhile, numbers coming to market have increased.

In the week ended 23 June, the NSL GB SQQ fell by nearly 43p on the previous week, to 255.81p/kg. Prices were still well above the level seen in the same week in 2020 though (+29p/kg), and remain high for the time of year. Larger falls came towards the end of the period, with prices on Wednesday 23 June down by 57p on the week at 230.58p/kg.

Prices fell as numbers coming to market rose, meaning there were more plentiful supplies during the week. The number of lambs coming through GB auction markets was 8% higher than both the previous week and the same week last year, at 97,700 head.

Deadweight lamb prices also fell sharply in the week ended 19 June, with the GB NSL SQQ losing nearly 31p to stand at 634.5p/kg. Prices were still 166p above the same week in 2020.



By Bethan Wilkins / AHDB

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