Deadweight cattle dearer again

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

In the week ending 23 April, GB deadweight cattle prices gained more ground amid tighter numbers nationally. However, price growth slowed compared to previous weeks.

The GB all-prime average deadweight cattle price rose by 1.2p from the week before to average 436.5p/kg.

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Estimated prime cattle slaughter in GB abattoirs totalled 28,700 head for the week, down only 1% from the week before but down 11% on the year. Some of this annual decline will be due to how bank holidays fell this year and last; the latest week included Easter Monday.

In the year-to-date, an estimated 508,000 finished beef cattle have come forward, 7% lower than the same period a year ago.

The GB deadweight cull cow price averaged 355.9p/kg in the week ending 23 April, up 2.2p on the week.

An estimated 8,400 cows came forward, up 2.3% on the week before, but 10% below the same week a year ago. Again, the bank holiday would explain some of this annual decrease.

In the year-to-date, an estimated 166,000 cows have come forward, down 2% on the same period a year ago.

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