Cattle prices rise over the Christmas period

Friday, 3 January 2020

GB prime deadweight cattle prices increased for both steers and heifers for the week ending 28 December, finishing at 334.9p/kg and 335.5p/kg respectively. Over the two-week Christmas period the all prime average increased by 7.3p to finish at 334.5p/kg. While this is still towards the bottom of the five-year-range, the prices are gradually becoming closer to the previous year’s levels.

For the week ending 21 December, heifer prices went up in southern and central regions, but down in northern and Scottish regions. Steer prices were up across England and Wales whilst remaining stable in Scotland.

Estimated slaughter was down significantly for the week ending 28 December at 16,500 head. However, this was expected due to processor closures over the Christmas break and is likely to return more typical levels in the coming week as processors return to regular production. For the week ending 21 December total throughput reached 35,700 head the highest week-on-week throughput for 2019.

The GB all cow average price rose by 8p/kg week-on-week to average 213.7p/kg for the week ending 28 December. The deadweight cow price in Scotland averaged 234.1p/kg, and 210.8p/kg in England and Wales.

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