By FW Reporters
LAMB prices have continued to tumble in the face of lower skin values.
Mondays average at auction was 93p/kg liveweight, as values failed to recover any of the previous weeks losses. That left them about 18% lower than 12 months ago.
Contributing to the drop, says the Meat and Livestock Commission, have been the economic problems in Russia, leaving buyers there paying about £2 apiece less for sheepskins.
|According to the old saying, lambs need to be roasted twice – once when alive and once when they are dead. Sunshine, however, has been rare in parts of the country this year, leaving big numbers of lambs on-farm. But dont delay marketing in the hope of a price rise, warns the Meat and Livestock Commission|
Auctioneer Robin Nettleton at Bridgnorth, Salop, says a few farmers are “corning” sheep, in a bid to improve quality. Some of the top-notch consignments are, he says, consistently making above the 100p/kg-mark. “Thats money. Thats a world apart from those which are just gradeable.”
It is a difficult one to call as to which way prices will go now, says Mr Nettleton. But many of those farmers who have already marketed this years animals are breathing a sigh of relief. “Im glad to have sold them early,” says Jeremy Hosking of Tresillian, Cornwall.
For this and other stories, see Farmers Weekly, 28 August-3 September, 1998
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