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Cattle prices lower despite reduced throughputs

Deadweight cattle prices fell for the 10th consecutive week to continue the downward trend experienced in recent weeks. Disappointing demand is giving way to the pressure being placed on the price as throughputs have been below year earlier levels for the past few weeks. The GB all prime average price fell 2.25p to finish the week on 352.86 p/kg in the week ending 8 December.…

EU medium term outlook 2018 -2030

The recovery in beef production observed since the low of 2013 is set to continue, with growth estimated at 1.6 % in 2018. The current increase is driven by the anticipated slaughtering of reproductive cattle, due to the drought in many Member States in 2018, and the expected shortage of forage in winter 2019. Increased availability and improved incomes, especially in the EU-N13, the bloc’s…

Liveweight lambs heavier despite the tough summer

Lamb throughputs across the different liveweight weight bands have recorded some interesting trends so far this year. The following analysis is of auction market throughputs only, and therefore industry reports made throughout the year may be more reflective of the deadweight market. At the start of the year, the new season lambs were slow to come forwards when the ‘beast from the east’ hit. During…

Forage survey confirms decline in grass silage quantities

Every producer in the country seems to have been at the mercy of the weather in one way or another this year. Looking at forage production data from a survey carried out by The Andersons Centre, it is apparent that some areas have been more affected than others. Most of the country has recorded a decline in grass silage production, which is indicated to be…

AHPA SR disease report

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has released the latest GB small ruminant quarterly report of disease surveillance and emerging threats for July to September 2018. The prolonged hot weather this summer, which was one of the warmest on record, resulted in insufficient grass and forage growth to meet the nutritional requirements of growing lambs. As a consequence several associated health and welfare problems…

New Zealand lamb crop contracts, despite a rise in lambing rate

The lamb crop in New Zealand has contracted by 0.7% compared to the previous spring, at 23.5 million head, according to Beef and Lamb NZ. Although the weather was kind which supported lambing rates, reaching a record breaking high of 129%, this was offset by a decline in the number of ewes put to the ram. The overall supply of New Zealand lambs for export…

Australian sheep industry update: production, prices and exports all higher this year

Drought conditions in Australia drove increased lamb slaughterings in the first half of this year. However, recent months have seen a decline due to delays in new season lambs entering the market. As a result, lamb slaughterings for the year to September totalled 16.9 million head, up 2.7% compared with the same period in 2017. MLA predicts this figure to total 22.9 million head by…

Higher US production aids beef exports

US beef exports in the first nine months of the year are up 13% (+88,000 tonnes) compared to 2017 and now total 756,000 tonnes. Higher domestic production for much of the year has been weighing on farmgate prices somewhat. US beef slaughterings in the year to October are 3% up on the year to total 27.6 million, with a particular increase in cow and heifer…

Lamb prices continue upward trend in run up to Christmas

Finished lamb prices continue to show improvement as we move into December and up to the Christmas period. In the week ended 5 December, the GB liveweight NSL SQQ gained 4.93p week-on-week, to average 181.40p/kg. The price is currently above both last year’s price and the 5 year average, by 5.25p and 8.95p respectively. Auction market throughputs were up on the week at 110,269. However…

Cattle prices continue downward trend

Deadweight cattle prices fell once again in the week ending 1 December, following the downward trend seen over the past couple of months. The GB all prime price fell by 2.1p to average 355.1p/kg, at a time when Christmas demand usually lifts the price. This was illustrated by the price also falling 11.5p below the same week last year, and 5p below the 5 year…

Calf registrations suffer from high cull cow price

Calf registration data from BCMS is now available up to September. GB registrations of all types of calves have fallen in Q3 2018, particularly during August and September. This is most likely due to the increase in the number of cows that were culled at the end of 2017 and start of 2018 when cow prices were high. In the third quarter, overall registrations were…

Festive season brings joy to finished lamb prices

Finished lamb prices have continued to follow seasonal trends by climbing upwards. In the week ended 28 November, the GB liveweight NSL SQQ gained 2.9p week-on-week, to stand at 176.47p/kg the highest level since the beginning of September. Compared to the same week last year the quote is currently 2.84p higher, as well as being almost 6p above the 5 year average. Daily liveweight prices…