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Sheep Meat: Prices

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of recent trends in the price of lamb on the lamb industry.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

From 2007 to 2010 there has been a large increase in the ex-farm price of finished sheep, which rose from 237p/kg to 389p/kg.(1)

The value from sheep and lamb production in the UK rose significantly from £641 million in 2007 to £958 million in 2009. The provisional figures for 2010 continue to show growth with an estimated value of £970 million.

In this same period (2007-10) the production of sheep and lamb meat decreased by over 10%. There was a similar decline in the number of sheep (8%) over this period. However, the latest provisional UK results for 2011 show a 1% increase in the number of sheep and lambs to 31.4 million, the first increase since 2004.

Movements in ex-farm prices and numbers of sheep, and the production costs, have a bearing on farm incomes in the sheep sector. DEFRA have published farm incomes for a range of farm types in England, including grazing livestock farms (lowland and LFA), for the year ending February 2011.

(1 )GB finished sheep (pence per kg estimated dressed carcass weight) average price in each year.

References

Agriculture in the UK

Table 5.15

http://www.defra.gov.uk/statistics/files/defra-stats-foodfarm-crosscutting-auk-auk2010-110525.pdf

June survey of Agriculture and Horticulture for the UK

Table 9—Sheep and Lambs

http://www.defra.gov.uk/statistics/files/defra-stats-foodfarm-landuselivestock-june-statsnotice-uk-111006.pdf

June survey time series

UK Livestock numbers 1866 to present

http://www.defra.gov.uk/statistics/foodfarm/landuselivestock/junesurvey/junesurveyresults/

Farm Business Survey results

http://www.defra.gov.uk/statistics/foodfarm/farmmanage/fbs/publications/fbsincomes/

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