Lamb price spikes don’t benefit farmers

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A sheep farmer herds his flock. The price of lamb and mutton may be higher in stores, but farmers are not seeing the profit. Photo: Deon Raath
A sheep farmer herds his flock. The price of lamb and mutton may be higher in stores, but farmers are not seeing the profit. Photo: Deon Raath

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While ever fewer South Africans can afford lamb and mutton, sheep farmers who have been struggling for years due to the worst drought in history are complaining that the high retail prices do not help them.

Sheep carcasses are sold at a fixed price per kilogram. According to Van der Westhuizen, the price before Christmas was about R86/kg, but dropped back to R82/kg last week.

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