Mixed week for deadweight cattle prices

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

In the week ending 11 December, the all-prime average deadweight cattle price fell 2.5p to average 406.7p/kg.

All categories lost ground. Steers were down 2.7p overall, heifers lost 1.7p overall, while young bulls fell by 5.7p. Despite prices easing, the all-prime average measure was still 40p above the price recorded in the same week a year ago.

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Slaughter of prime cattle at GB abattoirs was estimated to total 29,400 head for the week, largely unchanged from the week before (-100 head), but 13% below numbers recorded a year ago.

The picture was different for cows, as the overall average price rose by 3.2p to 255.1p/kg. This was the first weekly price rise for about four months, putting the measure closer to where it was two weeks ago, and 33p above the same week a year ago.

Slaughter of cull cows at GB abattoirs was estimated to be 12,600 head for the week, up 5% from the week before, but virtually unchanged compared to the same week a year ago.

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Hannah Clarke

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