New-season lamb rallies 18p/kg

Tuesday, 10 March, 1998

By FWi reporters

NEW-SEASON lamb prices climbed well above recent lows yesterday to give the best days selling for weeks.

Prices rose by more than 18p to average 131p/ kg at live auctions across England and Wales, reports the Meat and Livestock Commission.

Sellers report much improved demand. Standard- and medium-weight lambs averaged 133.42p/ kg (+18.69p) and 128.52p/ kg (+16.61p) respectively. Heavy lambs averaged 111.50p/ kg (+9.38p).

But demand dropped for lambs at the lower end of the scale. Light-weight lambs fell by 6.40p to average 96.80p/ kg.

At Exeter, an entry of 616 new-season lambs climbed 22p on last week to 136.17p/ kg. All weights were in demand and a much larger entry would have readily sold, according to auctioneers.

Sheep at Skipton performed less well, however. Standard-weight lambs made a maximum of 101.3p/ kg and averaged only 97.2p/ kg.

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