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Organic Market Meat and Livestock

Graig Producers report April 2010 by Nigel Elgar
Organic Hoggetts are in desperately short supply and shortages are likely to remain until June when the new season lambs become available in number. Under thirty month beef and over thirty month beef prices are not changing at present but organic OTM cattle are getting more difficult to find. Store cattle are in strong demand and prices are reflecting this.

All round lamb price increase
Fewer sheep are being reared in the UK compared to a decade ago. Supply is down and prices up. Meat processors are concerned that price rises will make lamb less affordable. According to the Meat Trades Journal, the price of conventional minced lamb is now £9.45 a kilo, up 21 per cent on the same week a year ago, when it was £7.83. Lamb chops have seen a jump of 11 per cent, with chops trading for £11.64 a kilo. The weak pound has encouraged farmers to export to France and the Middle East. One in three of all lambs reared so far this year have been exported.

Organic Livestock Auctions
Welshpool Livestock Sales' next organic auction will not be until Monday 3rd May 2010. This will be for organic and inconversion cattle and sheep. Call 01938 553438 for details.

Carmarthen Livestock Centre holds regular organic auctions on the first Friday of the month. Call 01267 236268 or Huw Evans on 07976 328177 for details or e-mail carmarthen@auctionmarts.com. Mc Cartneys will hold a joint auction for organic and inconversion livestock on 30th April and 28th May at Brecon Market. Regular organic auctions are held on the last Friday of the month Call 01874 622386 for details.

Organic price information
More livestock price information can be found at http://www.soilassociation.org/web
And http://www.organic.aber.ac.uk/markets/miwales.shtml

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