Traditionally, lamb relied heavily on upscale restaurant sales, but that was impacted by COVID-19. To make matters worse, the pandemic began in the midst of the peak holiday demand. A checkoff-funded report commissioned by the American Lamb Board and put together by the American Sheep Industry Association says 2020 slaughter lamb prices were down ten percent from the previous year. However, lightweight lambs did well in the ethnic and direct-to-consumer markets. There is optimism for the slaughter lamb market in the year ahead with supplies are at their lowest level since 2017.
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