GB cattle price strength continues

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Prices rose almost across the board for cattle in the latest reporting week, as throughputs eased again.

In the week ending 24 July, the GB all-prime average deadweight cattle price rose by 3.3p to average 404.1p/kg. This is up 42p on the price for the same week a year ago.

Throughput of prime heifers, steers and young bulls at British abattoirs during the week was estimated to be 30,200 head. This was 2% lower than the week before, and 8% lower than the same week a year ago. For the year-to-date, prime cattle kill is estimated to be 3% lower than the same period last year.

Weekly prime cattle price movements, week ending 24 July:

  • Steers (overall): 405.2p/kg, up 4.0p
  • Heifers (overall): 404.0p/kg, up 2.7p
  • Young bulls (overall): 399.1p/kg, up 1.6p

Upward momentum was also seen in cull cow prices, with the GB average deadweight price rising 2.1p on the week to average 293.8p/kg. Cows of -O4L spec rose by 1.1p on average to 312.0p/kg. Cow kill at GB abattoirs was estimated to be 9,400 head during the week, down 2% on the week before and down 9% on the same week last year. For the year-to-date, estimated cow slaughter stands at 291,000 head, down 5% on the same period a year ago.

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