More lamb is being imported because there’s less Canadian product coming to market, says a provincial livestock market analyst. While slaughter rates in federally inspected plants in Western Canada are up nearly 13 per cent this year, they’re down in Eastern Canada as well as in provincial plants in both the East and the West.
“Overall, total Canadian lamb and sheep slaughter is down more than six per cent compared to 2018,” said Jason Wood. Live slaughter lamb prices are about $240 per head for a 120-pound lamb, he said.
That’s down $10 per head from a year ago, but $15 more than the five-year average.
Lamb and mutton imports are up six per cent on the year and 15 per cent above the five-year average.