One implication for meat buyers in the UK is possible greater downward pressure on third country beef prices. Australian cattle markets are already softening, partly because of the poor conditions for livestock feed production. However, the influence will perhaps be more noticeable here in the imported sheepmeat market. Reports from New Zealand are of unexpectedly heavy disposals of ewes at auction, and low numbers of lambs in the pipeline for the next killing season. {{MEAT }}

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