Cattle prices steady

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

By Hannah Clarke

The all prime cattle price fell slightly in the week ending 29 February, down by 0.2p on the week to average 335.1p/kg. The latest price is now 8p less than the same week last year, and 11.1p below the five-year average, but the gap to both is closing.

Overall steer prices fell by 0.7p on the week to average 335p/kg, while R4L steers fell by 2p on the week to 345p/kg. Meanwhile, the overall heifer price rose slightly on the week, by 0.2p to average 337p/kg. Those of R4L spec rose by half a penny to average 345.9p/kg.

Young bull prices were up 5.7p on the week overall, while those of R4L spec fell by 11.2p. More R4L bulls came forward than last week, potentially contributing to the price fall in the category.

Estimated all prime throughput was down 280 head on the week, to 32,900 head.

Cow prices continued upwards, rising by 2p on the week to average 236p/kg amid reports of low numbers. Estimated throughput was steady on the week at around 9,900 head.

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Hannah Clarke

Analyst - Livestock

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