French will want it cheap A sign of the dangerous market conditions facing lamb processors tempted to try exporting emerged after relaxation of the ban was announced: the average British price jumped but the French market softened and the Irish reported falling returns. Although values have been exceptionally high in France since shipments from Britain were halted, British traders have been warned that French shoppers and retailers are increasingly price sensitive. Irish traders predict a severe shakeout in France could be triggered by the arrival of quite modest tonnages from Britain. As the price increases in France, about a third for home killed and nearly 50% for imported, have been associated with a 15% drop in consumption, the potential slope of the price downtrend in response to more product is obvious. {{MEAT }}

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