Figures from the Livestock and Meat Commission indicate that 42,337 sheep were exported live from Northern Ireland for direct slaughter in the Republic of Ireland last month.
This represents an increase of almost 10% from August 2018 when 38,621 sheep were exported from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland for direct slaughter.
Increased availability of finished lambs
“This strong increase in the level of export during August 2019 when compared to August 2018 levels reflects the increased availability of finished lambs coming forward this year.” a spokesperson for the Livestock and Meat Commission said.
“It is also due to a stronger euro against sterling which has made NI lambs much more attractive for lamb processing plants in ROI.”
Lamb throughput in NI plants stood at 43,057 head last month; lamb prices have held “relatively steady since late July 2019” with “some stability in recent weeks”.