Cull cows £1/kg over the five-year average

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

In the week ending 2 April, GB deadweight cattle prices experienced more price gains, building on already record prices.

The all-prime average price stood at 426.5p/kg, up another 7p from the week before. This puts the measure up over 30p compared to the same week a year ago, and 72p above on the five-year average.

All types experienced strong price rises, especially young bulls, with the overall measure appreciating by over 10p on the week.

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Slaughter of prime cattle was estimated to be 32,400 head, 2.3% more than the previous week. Numbers were 9% ahead of the same week last year, but that week included Good Friday, which would explain some of the difference.

For the year-to-date, estimated prime cattle kill stood at 420,900 head, down 7% on the same period in 2021.

Average GB cull cow prices continued to soar above historic levels. In the week ending 2 April the overall cull cow measure gained 6p to reach 339.9p/kg, up 69p year-on-year, and up by £1/kg on the five-year average price. Those of -O4L spec performed slightly better, up 8p to 361.7p/kg.

Estimated cow kill followed the seasonal downturn, standing at 8,900 head for the week, down 9%. Numbers were up 10% year-on-year, again likely due to the bank holiday last year. For the year-to-date, estimated numbers were down 3% versus the same period in 2021.

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