The 2002 lamb crop is reported to be "excellent" leading to projected slaughterings of around 13 million in the current marketing year, well up on last year's 11.4 million but still around three million adrift on 1999-2000. This would tend to indicate a firming of prices later in the season, but MLC analyst Jane Connor says much may depend on whether or not the French authorities implement their July 1 ruling on removal of spinal cord. {{MEAT }}