Further falls in ewe and lamb slaughterings and in the supply of home produced mutton and lamb next year are predicted by MLC's economists. On the import side, the New Zealanders talk of output constraints and of their interest in price rather than volume. The tricky part is forecasting exports which the MLC analysts reckon will be unchanged from this year and 1999, but traders know can prove treacherous and cause trouble in the domestic market. {{MEAT }}