Prime cattle prices hold up, cull cows appreciate

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

In the week ending 15 January, the all-prime average deadweight cattle price eased by less than half a penny to average 407.2p/kg. This was still over 30p dearer than the same week a year ago.

Overall, steers eased by 0.6p and young bulls lost 3p on the week, while the average overall heifer price stood-on.

Prime cattle slaughter in GB abattoirs was estimated to be 30,400 for the week, significantly up on the shorter week before, but 13% below the same week a year ago. Industry reports suggest that staff absences continue to hamper abattoir throughputs.

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Cull cows continued on their seasonal price uplift, gaining 1.1p to average 267.3p overall. It was estimated that 11,500 cows were processed during the week, again notably up from the previous shorter week but 6% lower than the year before. Reports suggest that demand for processing beef is strong, also demand on the continent amid shorter supplies.

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