Another spring in the step of cattle prices

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

By Charlie Reeve

In the week ending 13 March, the GB all prime average cattle price stood at 380.8p/kg, up 3.8p on the week before. This measure is now 45.4p/kg above the price achieved in the same week last year.

Estimated throughput for the week totalled 31,900 head. This is down by 600 head on the week before, and a decrease on the same week last year of 2,700 head.

There were price increases across all of the major prime categories this week, with young bulls once again showing the largest week-on-week rise. Prices are remaining well supported as tight supply remains across the UK.

GB deadweight prime cattle price movements (w/e 13 March):

  • All prime: 380.8p/kg up 3.8p
  • Steers (overall): 382.2p/kg up 4.2p
  • Steers (R4L): 390.5p/kg up 4.2p
  • Heifers (overall): 380.5p/kg up 3.2p
  • Young bulls (overall): 364.5p/kg up 5.3p

Cull cow prices have also been well supported making gains on the previous week, with prices up 2.8p on the week before to average 262.4p/kg for the week ending 13 March. This now puts cull cow prices up 28.1p on the same week last year. Estimated cull cow throughput was down by 1,000 head on the previous week to total 9,300 head.

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