Lamb production down again

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During August, UK sheep meat production once again declined sharply on the year, according to the latest Defra data. Production for the month totalled 22,800 tonnes, down 16% (4,500 tonnes).

Lamb kill recorded a 18% (228,600 head) decline, to 1,010,700 head. This is exceptionally low for the time of year and below expectations in AHDB’s forecast. Estimated British slaughterings, produced each week by AHDB using data from the deadweight lamb price collection survey, did imply that a sharp decline would be recorded in the Defra data.

Ewe kill has once again been recorded at low levels, down 14% (16,800 head) year-on-year, to 105,900 head. There have been concerns in recent months over the accuracy of the Defra ewe kill is significantly more modest than in other recent months.


By Rebecca Wright / AHDB

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