Sheep prices dip

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Finished lamb prices fell in the latest week. The GB liveweight OSL SQQ was 259.10p/kg in the week ending 16 March, down half a penny on a week earlier.

Good supplies were available; auction market throughputs were 7% higher than a week ago, at 114,400 head.

Deadweight prices didn’t fare any better, the SQQ falling by more than 9p to 565.1p/kg in the week ending 12 March. Those carcases meeting the R3L spec fell by 6p to 570p/kg.

Estimated slaughter in the week was 222,000 head, another strong week, and 17% more than in the same week last year. In the year so far an estimated 2.12m clean sheep have been sent forwards, 5% more than at the same point a year ago.


Duncan Wyatt / AHDB

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