GB prime cattle prices creep up again

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

In the week ending 4 September, the GB all-prime average deadweight cattle price (including steers, heifers and young bulls of all grades) edged up another 0.5p on the week to average 410.4p/kg.

Within the overall average price movement was more mixed. The overall steer price saw the largest growth of 0.7p, with the overall heifer price edging up 0.3p on the week before. Young bulls performed less well, with the overall price falling 2.2p on the week.

Slaughter of prime cattle at GB abattoirs was estimated to be 27,600 head for the week, down 9% on the week before and down 2% on the year. The bank holiday Monday will likely have contributed to lower throughputs, as well as continued tighter cattle numbers and potentially harvest operations.

Weekly price movements (w/e 4 Sep):

  • Steers (overall): 411.8p/kg, up 0.7p
  • Heifers (overall): 410.4p/kg, up 0.3p
  • Young bulls (overall): 400.1p/kg, down 2.2p

The overall average GB deadweight cow price slipped by a further 1.3p on the week to average 289.6p/kg. Despite this, the measure was still 37p above the price recorded for the same week a year ago. Animals of O4L spec lost 3.3p to average 309.0p/kg.

Cull throughputs in GB were estimated to be 9,400 head for the week, down 16% on the week before and down 9% year-on-year.

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Hannah Clarke

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