Cattle hide prices stable, some improvement for sheepskins

Thursday, 5 August 2021

Cattle hide prices have stayed supported over the last few weeks, according to recent data from theSauerReport.

Heavy hides weighing 36kg and over achieved £1.09/kg in the latest report from 27 July, more than double where they were a year ago. Prices had been around the £1.07/kg mark for around a month during May, but have since crept upwards.

Reports suggest that lower cattle slaughter and subsequent lower supplies of hides are helping keep prices supported. Higher shipping costs to China are potentially hampering further increases in prices at the moment, but reportedly giving Italian tanners a price advantage for European hides.

On the sheepskin front, prices for new season lambskins have reportedly seen some slight improvement recently, with demand from China particularly firm. TheSauerReport shows that new season lambskins are now achieving up to 50p per green skin. However, abattoirs are still being charged between 50p and £1 for removal of each green skin from older lambs and hogs.

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