Australian lamb


Today I had a chance conversation with an Australian farmer who is holidaying in our area. He was telling me they are supplying 26kg deadweight lambs on contract price £5 a kilo destination the UK and possibly Europe. What the hell is going wrong in this country when our deadweight price is around £4.20 kilo. What are the people who represent us doing we all pay the subs ( or a lot of us do) to NFU, NFUS, NSA NBA etc. This guy was laughing about how useless are government are and our representatives are.


Purli R

26KG Dead is way out of spec,or so "they" tell us,so their carcass is worth £130 +shipping+UK Distribution costs? You sure he wasn"t talking Aussie Dollars? completely agree with your last 3 sentences.(y)

Kiwi Pete

Livestock Farmer
About $AU 300-340 per carcass, @Purli R .

Recently the record was set at $354

However keeping a lamb to reach this weight (in an Australian environment context) represents a much larger risk to the producer than a light lamb - markets have more time to shift, climate etc.

(Very little is wrong with £4.20 per kg unless your COP has risen to match it)
It is very unlikely this meat is being sent direct into UK or EU. The amount of fat on these carcasses is very high and you would not find a market for it here. Certainly the prices are at record levels in Australia and I believe that the legs are going to the West Coast of USA and the rest into Asia. It may have changed, you also have to remember that the fine wool skins are very valuable and they have an outlet for much of the offal at incredibly good prices.
I very much doubt that to be honest, just messaged a friend who works cattle in AUS and he recons that would be for festival sales into Asia - Muslim countries like Indonesia and the Chinese market.
Also he said the AUS NZ price is going up and we wont see as much in the UK as they are closer to China and China is hoovering meat up due to falling Chinese pork production due to disease in China.
He said its varying depending on spec from 4.50 - 5.50 in £ terms, and was under the impression virtually none was coming to europe at the mo because the asian market is closer and cheaper to ship to and is desperate for meat (he emphasized desperate).

That said the supply chain is often 9 months long so we could well be eating march brexit stockpile meat still from when the price was cheaper.

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