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High prices keep lamb off the menu in Australia

Australians’ Sunday roast may soon be replaced by chops and sausages as soaring lamb prices place the tradition beyond the reach of many families in the country.

The combined effects of drought, the strong Australian dollar and the closure of an abattoir in the past four weeks are driving up costs at every level, from the farm gate to the butcher’s cabinet.

Figures compiled by Meat and Livestock Australia showed lamb prices rose 9 percent last year and had jumped more than 50 percent in the past decade when adjusted for inflation.