Prime cattle prices edge up further

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

GB deadweight finished cattle prices inched up again in the week ending 20 November.

The all-prime average measure stood at 412.0p/kg for the week, up 0.7p on the week before. This is 39p above the price recorded for the same week a year ago.

Within this average, all categories experienced growth, with young bulls showing the largest price increase overall (+2.4p). Average steer and heifer prices also rose, by 0.6p and 0.7p overall, respectively. Beasts grading at R4L spec saw larger gains.

Average GB deadweight cattle prices for w/e 20 Nov:

  • Steers (overall): 413.5p/kg
  • Heifers (overall): 411.6p/kg
  • Young bulls (overall): 398.3p/kg

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Estimated prime cattle slaughter at GB abattoirs stood at 31,500 head for the week, up 7% from the week before but down 6% from the same week a year ago.

For cull cow prices, decline slowed in the latest week, with the overall measure virtually unchanged from the week before at 257.6p/kg (-0.1p). Cattle of –O4L spec lost more ground, down half a penny to 280.5p/kg. Like prime cattle, cow throughputs remained below year-ago levels at 12,700 head. This was also 2% lower than the week before, but still higher compared to previous weeks.

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