Prime prices level out, cows continue down

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

In the week ending 29 August, the GB all prime average cattle price stood at 373.1p/kg, down -0.4p on the week before. The measure is now above the price achieved for the same week last year by 47.1p/kg. Estimated prime slaughter at British abattoirs stood at 31,600 head, up slightly on the week (+200 head).

GB deadweight prime cattle price movements (w/e 29 August):

  • All prime: 373.1p/kg down -0.4p
  • Steers (overall): 373.6p/kg down -0.7p
  • Steers (R4L): 386.7p/kg up 0.3p
  • Heifers (overall): 373.8p/kg up 0.2p
  • Young bulls (overall): 365.4p/kg down -2.5p

The average cow price eased as well, falling by -2.3p overall to stand at 262.2p/kg. The measure is still a strong 35p above the five-year average. Estimated slaughter at British abattoirs stood at 10,900 head, down 600 head on the week.

Hannah Clarke

Analyst - Livestock

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