26 January 1996

UK sheepmeat sales down 5%

SHEEPMEAT, meanwhile, is likely to see a 5% fall in domestic consumption during the year ahead, said Sally Doyle, economic policy analyst with the MLC.

But with lower availability, producer prices are likely to be better than in 1995.

Lamb has seen a "re-positioning" on the British market, added Mr Sloyan.

"This market will be looking for better quality and more innovation in presentation," he said. And the export market would also need developing, as it is likely to account for over 45% of UK production by the end of the decade. &#42

Sally Doyle thinks lamb slaughterings between January and March will be down 3% on last year.