Irish breeding sheep flock on the rise


Breeding inventory is up 1.4% from a year ago, while sheep for slaughter figures are down 1.4%

Posted on Oct 07 ,10:33

Irish breeding sheep flock on the rise

The latest results from the Irish June Livestock Survey show that the total number of sheep in Ireland rose by 1.4% year-on-year to 5.6 million. This growth was driven by expansion in the breeding flock, specifically ewes aged two years and over. The numbers of younger ewes also increased but to a lesser extent.
On the other hand, the number of sheep for slaughter fell by 1.4% (37,000 head) to 2.7 million.
"All other things being equal we would have expected for there to be a rise in the number of lambs, reflecting the increase in ewes. While this may raise some questions over the accuracy of the survey, the England June survey results record a similar trend. Industry reports also suggest competition for store lambs is hot due to demand out stripping supply," commented Hannah Clarke, Livestock Analyst at AHDB.

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