Spring lamb supplies
Spring lamb supply volume on the up in NI
The Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) has confirmed that spring lamb supplies have increased in the past few weeks in Northern Ireland (NI). In keeping with seasonal trends, spring lamb numbers have been stepped up lately and accounted for 52.4% of throughput last week in NI. Base prices from factories for spring lambs this past week have ranged from 610-620p/kg up to a 21kg carcass weight. Prices at the start…
Balmoral Show
Four LMC four competition classes at Balmoral Show this week
The Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) is firming up preparations to return to the Balmoral Show. Balmoral Show once again boasts a jam-packed line up of events, and The Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) will be there, providing sponsorship for four competition classes. Join them on Friday, 13 May, 2022, at 2pm at the sheep rings for the sheep interbreed pairs championship, the first of their sponsored events. This will…
Antibiotics animals
Deadline for STAMP veterinary software funding approaching
The Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC) is encouraging all interested veterinary practices to apply for funding for the installation of software that simplifies the reporting of antibiotic use on farms. The deadline is 31 March, 2022. Thanks to a research initiative in NI, STrategic AntiMicrobial use in Dairy, Beef and Lamb Production (STAMP), the application to benchmark antibiotic use is now available. LMC will fund the installation…
Young bulls
LMC notes trends in current cattle slaughter data
Last year, the average age of bullocks, young bulls and heifers slaughtered in Northern Ireland was 25.7, 25.7 and 16.4 months. Ian Stevenson, from the Livestock and Meat Commission’s, has come out saying that there is “very clear” evidence that illustrates that beef farmers in Northern Ireland recognise the need to slaughter cattle at an earlier age. The equivalent figures for 2019 were 26.2, 26.0 and 16.3 months. Another trend…
Base quotes for hoggets top 550p/kg across factories in NI
Base quotes for R3 grade hoggets up to 22kg ranged from 545-550p/kg across factories in Northern Ireland this past week. The LMC’s (Livestock & Meat Commission) figures show that the average deadweight hogget price in NI last week rose by 11.8p/kg to 541.3p/kg. Throughput of hoggets in NI plants last week totalled 6,901 head, back 309 head from the previous week. This is also back 481 head when compared to…