NORTHERN IRELAND - Hoggets were making higher prices last week than the prior week, according to market analysts at the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC).
Quotes from the major NI plants this week for R3 grade hoggets ranged from 410-415p/kg up to 22kg with reports of reduced availability of hoggets for slaughter.
Hogget throughput in the NI plants last week totalled 5,258 head with a further 5,889 hoggets exported to ROI for direct slaughter. The deadweight hogget price in NI last week was 399.2p/kg, up 2.2p/kg from the previous week.
In the corresponding week last year the average hogget price in NI was 421.3p/kg. In euro terms the ROI hogget price last week increased by 19.4c/kg from the previous week to 534.7c/kg while in sterling terms it increased by 11p/kg to 388.2p/kg.
This Week’s Marts
A firm trade has been reported across the marts this week with reports of a tightening in hogget availability.
In Kilrea on Monday 530 hoggets sold from 362-397p/kg compared to 560 hoggets last week selling from 356-373p/kg.
In Saintfield this week 525 hoggets sold from 356-410p/kg compared to 400 hoggets last week selling from 353- 400p/kg.
In Ballymena this week a similar trade to last week saw 1,147 hoggets sold to an average of 356p/kg.
Meanwhile in Enniskillen this week a sharper trade saw 875 hoggets sold to an average of 385p/kg compared to 628 hoggets last week selling to an average of 355p/kg.
A firm trade in Armoy this week saw 620 hoggets sell to an average of 380p compared to 580 hoggets last week selling to an average of 365p/kg.
The firm trade for well fleshed cull ewes has continued with a top reported price of £142 in Omagh last Saturday.TheMeatSite News Desk