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Lamb prices rise on reduced numbers

Liveweight lamb prices showed a further modest increase in the past week, as throughputs fell back from the previous week’s high. In week ended 13 December, the GB SQQ increased by less than a penny, to 176.96p/kg. The current quote is almost 12p higher than the same period in 2016, when prices were falling. On a daily basis, prices were initially trending behind the previous…

Calf weights rise again

In November, UK beef and veal production totalled 77.9 thousand tonnes, a month-on-month rise of 4% (2.9 thousand tonnes) according to the latest data released be Defra. However, compared to the same month last year, this is a decline of 9% (7.6 thousand tonnes). In the year-to-date, beef and veal production now totals 809.4 thousand tonnes, 2% (18 thousand tonnes) less than the same period…

Australian beef and veal production similar to last year

At the start of 2017 the Australian EYCI deadweight price trended above year earlier levels, but it fell below year earlier levels during June. During the week ending 30 November the eastern states EYCI deadweight price stood at 579.75 cents per kg, 63 cents below year earlier levels. In historical terms however, the prices is still well above the levels recorded during November 2012, 2013 and…

Cattle prices soften

During the week ending 9 December the GB all prime cattle price measure recorded a fall of 3.3p, to stand at 363.27p/kg. However, in comparison to the same week last year this is 11.7p higher. Estimated slaughterings for the week ended 9 December totalled 31.7 thousand head, 3% (1 thousand head) lower than the previous week. Industry reports suggest demand is still strong although has…

UK sheep meat exports record year-on-year rise

During October, reported sheep meat exports totalled 7.8 thousand tonnes, a 4% (324 tonnes) month-on-month decline, according to the latest data from HMRC. However, compared to the same month last year, UK sheep meat exports were higher by 13% (926 tonnes). In the year-to-date total UK sheep meat exports stand at 70.1 thousand tonnes, a 13% (8 thousand tonnes) year-on-year rise. UK exports to France…

Cases of tick-borne fever rising

The latest Emerging threats: small ruminant diseases: July to September 2017 report has been released by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). Tick-borne fever (TBF) is an infection caused by anaplasma phagocytoph and has a seasonal pattern linked with tick activity, typically peaking in spring and autumn with upland grazing areas more affected. Some types of white blood cells are destroyed by the organism…

Cattle disease update – UK remains bluetongue free

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has released the latest GB Emerging Threats Quarterly Report: Cattle Diseases, covering July to September. Salmonellosis appears to be on the rise and as a zoonotic disease can infect both animals and humans. The organism is resistant to several antibiotics. Outbreaks have been reported across several farms as well as some cases in horses. A further report, produced…

Latest liver fluke forecast released

The National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS) has released the latest parasite forecast. Rainfall for summer 2017 has been recorded as higher than average in many parts of Great Britain. Due to the wet conditions the NADIS liver fluke forecast is for a high-risk of infection in many parts of Scotland as well as West Wales and Cornwall. Eastern Scotland, parts of North England and…

GB lamb prices continue to rise

In the week ending 6 December, the GB liveweight NSL SQQ stood at 176.15p/kg, 2.52p up on the previous week and 10.27p above the same week last year. Auction market throughputs totalled 145.9 thousand head in the week ending 6 December, a rise of 29% (32.7 thousand head) on the previous week; the highest level since September 2016. Cull ewe throughputs stood at 39.4 thousand…

Global beef demand supports export prices

Global beef prices have been higher this year than last, reaching their peak of nearly $5,500/tonne in July but have since retreated, based on volumes and export prices of the world’s three biggest exporters, the US, Australia and Brazil. All three of these countries are expanding production and are each actively looking to grow their global market share. Price rises this year have been set…

Prime cattle prices continue to rise

In the week ending 2 December the GB all prime cattle measure rose for the fifth consecutive week to 366.59p/kg. The latest price is 0.84p higher than the week earlier and 15.84p more than the same week in 2016. While estimated slaughterings in the week ending 2 December recorded a slight decline (-1%) at 32,700 head, demand for prime animals reportedly remains strong. A number…

New Zealand lamb prices well above year earlier levels

During October and November New Zealand deadweight Y grade lamb prices have consistently trended well above year earlier levels and the historical norm. In the week ending 27 November the New Zealand Y grade lamb price stood at 681 cents/kg, 169 cents above year earlier levels and 2 cents below the week earlier. Prices are still below those recorded during this time in 2011, when…