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Peter views Vet LSD® as an insurance treatment to help boost ewe health
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Occasionally Peter will also administer Vet LSD® to hoggets he sees that are
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POSITIVE SIGNS: Beef +Lamb NZ's general manager of market development Craig
Finch said live auction prices for lamb, which accounted for 56 per cent of the total
trade were up by about 10 per cent on last year.
Short supply of lamb
pushes prices up
By ROB TIPA
BEEF AND Lamb NZ's meat
marketing managers report
some positive signs for the New
Zealand lamb trade in the
United Kingdom and Europe
and export beef sales in the
Speaking to farmers and
media on Beef+Lamb NZ's
monthly Scene and Herd'
teleconference call early this
month, general manager of
market development Craig
Finch said pricing for lamb in
the United Kingdom reflected a
tight supply situation there.
He said one of the key
measurements in that market
was live auction prices for lamb,
which accounted for 56 per cent
of the total trade.
That's up about 10 per cent
on where it was this time last
year,'' he said.
Mr Finch said lamb producers
in the United Kingdom had had
a tough time through winter, a
pretty ugly spring and a very
late new season'' so a lot of their
lambs were not up to
There is a supply issue there
and that's certainly what's
driving pricing,'' he said.
Indications were that the UK
lamb crop would be down 1.4
million, Australian production
was under pressure and New
Zealand's total lamb crop for the
season was likely to be down as
So overall, short supply is
expected to underpin pricing
and that looks pretty positive,''
Mr Finch said.
The only concern is a deja vu
situation that occurred recently
where prices spiked far too
quickly rather than increasing
incrementally to an acceptable
level without impacting on price
or demand in markets.''
Beef+Lamb NZ's emerging
markets manager Nick Beeby
said there were no surprises
lamb prices in Europe were well
back on what they were two
But in terms of lamb sales he
said there was more and more
confidence in those markets and
that was a very healthy sign.
In-market prices are not
expected to increase to where
they were a few years ago
because that will stifle demand,''
On the Continent and in most
sheepmeat eating countries, Mr
Beeby said he expected a gentle
lift'' in prices this season.
Mr Finch explained some
interesting trends in the United
States beef market as a result of
The beef kill there was 12 per
cent ahead of the same quarter
last year and that had put
pressure on pricing.
The US cattle herd was at a
72-year low with few positive
signs of it being rebuilt.
Historically 90 per cent of its
production was consumed on
domestic markets and the
remaining 10 per cent was
exported. In the last two seasons
that pattern had changed
markedly and US beef producers
were now pushing 28 per cent of
production into export markets,
particularly targeting Asia.
While New Zealand was only
a niche player with a 1 per cent
slice of the global market, Mr
Finch said the overall outlook
for beef was pretty positive''.
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