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Quiet Deadweight Prices, Stores 'Firm', Cull Cows Lower

27 November 2013

UK – The Great British cattle marts reported ‘firm’ store trade last week, as +500kg bullocks averaged around 198 p/kg, while deadweight prices were ‘subdued’.

This is the message of the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) for Northern Ireland’s weekly update which also noted declines in deadweight heifer prices as steers increased a penny.

“The deadweight trade in GB has generally been subdued,” said an LMC spokesperson. “Average prices paid for heifers, young bulls and cows all recorded declines last week.”

“Average steer prices meanwhile recorded an increase of 1.9p/kg to 391.3p/kg with increases of 1-2p/kg recorded in average prices across,” they added.

Deadweight heifers showed variation across Britain, lifting in Scotland and the south of England and decreasing in the Midlands and North.

Cows on the other hand declined everywhere. Major losses of 9.5 p/kg were seen in the Midlands, posting prices of 215.5 p/kg.

Cull cows are worth the most in Scotland at 231.4p/kg, while Northern Ireland is still beating England into last place.

With regards to the Republic of Ireland, an LMC analyst commented: “In Southern Ireland, the deadweight trade was back slightly with good supplies reported. The average R3 steer price was the equivalent of 326.9p/kg while the R3 heifer price was the equivalent of 339.6p/kg.”


‘Firm’ store trade helped cattle to 198p/kg for top animals, second class fetching 182p/kg. +450kg heifers sold to an average of 196p/kg for first quality with 172p/kg being the second quality average.

First quality steers averaged 206p/kg, heifers made 207p/kg. Second quality steers and heifers averaged 182p/kg and 207p/kg respectively.


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