Prime cattle price rise on tighter numbers

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

By Duncan Wyatt

Prime cattle prices continued to climb in the week ending 17 July. The GB all prime average stayed strong at 400.8p/kg, with price increases recorded across most categories and specifications. Overall steers averaged 401.2p/kg, up 0.2p on the week, while those meeting the R4L specification rose by 1.3p to 411.0p/kg. Heifer prices rose too, overall by 1.4p to 401.3p/kg while those meeting the R4L specification increased by 2.4p to 411.4p/kg.

Estimated prime slaughter fell compared with the previous week, by 1000 head to 30,700.

Overall cow prices fell in the week ending 17 July, by 0.6p to 291.7p/kg, although those meeting the -O4L specification rose in price to 310.9p/kg. Estimated slaughter fell by 600 head to 9,600.

Duncan Wyatt

Lead Analyst - Red Meat

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