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AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly

28 September 2015

AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 28 September 2015AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 28 September 2015

Cattle trade up again

The prime cattle trade moved up across the board in week ended 19 September.
While the balance between supply and demand continues to be very fine, with the number of cattle coming forward being up on the week earlier, the positive price movement indicates that it continues to be just in producers’ favour. With reports suggesting that retail demand is faring a little better, cattle were placed easily as processor requirements were moderately improved.

Estimates suggest that 31,300 prime cattle were processed this week, 1,700 head up on the week earlier, with most of the increase attributed to higher steer throughputs. Despite this, the GB prime cattle average price was up 2p on the week at Steers meeting R4L classification moved up another penny to average 361.4p/kg, they have now moved up 5p/kg over the past four weeks. Heifers of the same spec also moved up a penny on the week to average 359.5p/kg. More notably, R3 young bulls strengthened 5p to reach 344.6p/kg, their highest price point since mid-July.

The current balance in the market still suggests that the trade towards the end of the year looks more positive, especially if there is some competition between processors as the season moves towards its transitional period between grass-fed and yarded cattle.

Cull cow prices levelled on the week earlier as numbers coming forward remained relatively high. At almost 10,000 head, throughputs were up on the year, a trend observed since early July. Overall cows averaged 213.1p/kg, up a penny, while those meeting -O4L specification were back 2p at 234.7p/kg.

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