New online calculator helps farmers achieve top prices for lambs

Mar 12 2012

A new function has been added to Hybu Cig Cymru's website to help farmers decide how and when to achieve the best prices for their lambs.

Creep feeding lambs early in the season to target sales and achieve peak lamb prices can be beneficial and economical - provided the increased gain exceeds the costs associated with the system, said HCC Project Executive Dewi Hughes.

If lambs are not sold at the correct time, however, creep feeding can prove to be an expensive option.

HCC has developed a lamb feed calculator on our website so that sheep farmers can decide if it would be financially viable to creep feed their lambs or not.

The price shown on the calculator is based on2011 lamb prices. Although it does not take into account costs associated with the two systems such as labour, vet and medicine and depreciation on specialist feeding equipment, we believe it will prove to be an extremely useful new tool for sheep farmers, said Mr Hughes.

The calculator was produced by the School of Management and Business at Aberystwyth University for HCC through funding received from the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007 - 2013.

It can be found at HCC's website -

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