The sheep trade continues to hold firm this week following the recent decline, prices have seen no real change from last week with quotes tending to be in the  €5.50-€5.60/kg range. The prices being quoted for hoggets have seen a slight improvement across the board, with most securing around €4.35/kg to €4.50/kg. DAFM reports the national average sheep price as €4.91/kg, which represents a 9% decrease compared with the same period in 2018.

 A total of 62,610 sheep were slaughtered for the week commencing 27/05/2019, compared to 53,608 in the same week of 2018. Sheep slaughterings for 2019 are 7% down on 2018 at 1,039,371 head

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