Irish expect UK output surge Useful hints on British lamb price prospects sometimes come from Irish suppliers competing against this country's exporters to France. They agree that live lamb shipments from Britain to the Continent are likely to remain heavy, though the Irish Food Board's assessment of the implications is slightly surprising: "Increased live exports could impact positively on prices at the [British] abattoirs resulting in higher prices being sought in France." But the Board also notes a conflicting signal. Even the heavy UK slaughterings in some recent weeks have not been enough to boost total third quarter sheepmeat production here by the 20% year on year increase which was forecast by the Meat and Livestock Commission. The Irish are therefore bracing themselves for a further surge of British output next month, implying the steadier prices of the last few days might not last. {{MEAT }}

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