Sheep kill back by 496 head – Weekly kill is up 6%

The national sheep kill for the week ending December 13, 2015 was back 496 head on the corresponding period last year, figures from the Department of Agriculture show.

Throughput of sheep to factories last week stood at 2.47m.

Total spring lamb throughput is up 6% on 2014 levels, with 1.53m head going to the factories as of the week ending December 13, 2015.

Cumulatively, the number of hoggets going to the factories stood at 639,479 head back 6% on 2014 levels while there was 12% fewer ewes and rams killed in this period.

Some 298,975 head of ewes and rams have gone to the factories so far this year.

The total number of light lambs slaughtered remains back on last year, with 1,622 less going to the factories compared to the same period in 2014.

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Weekly Sheep Kill Differences

On a weekly basis, for the week ending December 13, 2015 some 54,639 sheep went to the factories. causing the weekly sheep throughput to rise 6% on the previous week.

Looking at the spring lamb throughput, throughput is up by 8% on the previous week at 48,499 head.

The number of lambs/hoggets that went to the factories for the week ending December 13, 2015 was 41 head, up 23% on the corresponding period for the previous week, while light lamb throughput was 442 head.

The ewe and ram kill has also dropped by 14% during this period when compared to the previous week, figures from the Department of Agriculture show.

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