Potential markets and specifications for sheepmeat

Making More From Sheep - AWI, MLA

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We recommend working through all the Making More From Sheep modules.

This module from ‘Making more from Sheep’ provides simple tables to understand potential markets.

  • Domestic lamb
Market segment Carcase weight (kg) Preferred Market fat scores Comment
Supermarket lamb 18 to 22 2 and 3 Second cross preferred
Food service lamb 20 to 25 2 and 3 Lean and high yielding preferred
Other domestic lamb Variable weights 2 to 4 Range of lamb types depending on end user requirements

Note: MSA prefers a fat score of 2-3

  • Export lamb
Market segment Carcase weight (kg) Preferred fat score Comment
Heavy export 20 to 30 2 to 4 North America for prime cuts. Large volume markets for lower value cuts
Light export 10 to 16 2 Mainly Middle Eastern markets
‘Haj’ market 35 to 41 liveweight Market is for lambs (6 to 12 months). Entire male animals with ‘long’ tail intact are preferred

Source: MLA ‘The Lamb Guide’

  • Domestic sheepmeat markets for hogget and mutton
Market segment Comment
Domestic manufacturing 17 to 21kg carcase weight, fat class 1 to 3, for manufactured meat products
Domestic retail Hogget sold through meat retailers
Domestic food service Cuts used in Asian and Middle Eastern style restaurants

Source: MLA ‘Making the Most of Mutton’ (Publication LPI061, free to MLA members)

  • Export sheepmeat markets for hogget and mutton
Market segment
Carcase weight (kg)
Preferred fat class
Comment
Heavy export More than 20 2 to 4 Heavy carcase weights preferred
Light export 14 to 16 1 to 2 Lightweight, lean carcases
Live sheep NA NA Wethers more than 50 kg liveweight

Source: MLA ‘Making the Most of Mutton’ (Publication LPI061, free to MLA members)

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