Figures for the week ending 20/10/13 released from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine today show that after the weekly sheep kill broke the 70,000 barrier two weeks ago, last week’s kill struggled to maintain that momentum. 60,898 sheep were killed last week this represents a fall of 10,729 on the previous week’s figures.

The main driver behind this fall is the number of lambs over 13kg killed, which were down 12,307 last week, on the previous week.

In comparison to the lamb kill statistics, the ewe/ram kill was up last week to 10,472 up 1,518 on the previous week. This figure is six per cent up on the same period last year.

Cumulative figures show this year’s total sheep kill at 2,085,717 which is running 10 per cent ahead of last year’s figures.

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