Cull cows break 350p/kg deadweight

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

The overall average deadweight cow price in GB reached 351.6p/kg in the week ending 9 April, up another 12p on the week before. The measure was up 78p from the same week in 2021.

The number of cows slaughtered during the week at British abattoirs was estimated to be 9,200 head, up 4% from the week before and up 16% from the same week a year ago. The same week in 2021 contained Easter Monday, explaining some of the increase.

Year-to-date cow kill was estimated to be 148,000 head, down 2% from the same period in 2021.

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For finished cattle, the GB deadweight all-prime average stood at 432.2p/kg, up 6p on the week before. The measure was 33p ahead of the same week a year ago.

An estimated 32,300 prime cattle were slaughtered in GB during the week. This was largely unchanged from the week before, but up 12% from a year ago; again, likely due to the 2021 bank holiday week.

Industry reports and data show that global cattle prices have risen, partly due to increased demand for and shortage of VL (visual lean) material. As the UK imports significant volumes of beef from Ireland, which exports widely, it may not be a stretch to suggest that higher global prices are in turn helping support British prices, alongside the tighter number of British cattle available to kill.

Year-to-date prime kill was estimated to be 453,000 head, down 6% from the same period in 2021.

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