GB cattle prices remain firm

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

In the week ending 14 May, the all-prime average deadweight cattle price stood at 438.6p/kg, broadly stable from the week previous (-0.3p).

Average steer and heifer prices eased slightly, by 0.6p and 0.1p respectively, while the average young bull price appreciated by 1.6p on the week.

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An estimated 33,800 prime cattle were slaughtered during the week, up 12% from the shorter bank holiday week before and up 3% on the same week a year ago. For the year-to-date, prime cattle slaughter was estimated to be 607,000 head, down 5% year-on-year.

The average deadweight cow price appreciated by a further 1.3p on the week to stand at 359.8p/kg. This was 81p ahead of the price recorded for the same week a year ago. An estimated 9,500 cows came through GB abattoirs during the week, up 9% from the shorter previous week, but down 6% year-on-year.

In the year-to-date, an estimated 195,000 cows have been slaughtered, 1% lower versus the same period a year ago.

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Hannah Clarke

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