29 Oct 2012

October lamb kill well ahead of last year

12:44 pm on 29 October 2012

Lamb processing is running substantially ahead of last year.

In the week beginning 15 October, almost 174,000 lambs were processed in the North Island, which was 24% more than in 2011.

The combined North and South Island lamb kill for the same week was more than 315,000, an increase of 20% on last year.

Overall lamb kill for the first three weeks of October is 9% ahead of 2011.

There's now a slight premium for new season's lambs, with farmers in the North Island being paid $6 per kg this week, compared with $5.70 for last year's lambs.