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Sheep kill in Ireland: Spring lambs make up 33% of weekly throughput

Published May 26, 2024

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The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has reported that spring lambs have made up one third of the sheep slaughtered in the latest week, but numbers are down 24% compared to the same period last year. The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association has described the lamb supply as 'tight' and stated that many factories are only operating for three to four days each week. So far this year, 960,763 sheep have been processed, with the majority being lambs and hoggets.
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Spring lambs have made up one third of last week’s throughput, the most recent sheep kill figures from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) have shown. 13,533 head out of the 40,730 sheep slaughtered during week 20 (ending Sunday, May 19) were spring lambs, a total of 33% of the weekly throughput and 49,282 in total so far this year. However, this supply is running significantly behind the number of spring lambs that were killed up to this point last year, when there were 65,151 spring lambs slaughtered. This a 24% reduction, and with the overall sheep kill this year currently running 10% behind the same period in 2023, numbers of sheep are certainly low. The table below gives an overview of the sheep kill for week 20 (ending Sunday, May 19) and the cumulative kill to date this year, compared to the same time period in 2023. Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) president Sean McNamara told Agriland that the supply of lambs is currently “tight”, ...
Source: AgriLand
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