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AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly

12 October 2015

AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 12 October 2015AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 12 October 2015

Another steady week for the cattle trade

The cattle trade once again demonstrated the fine balance between supply and demand.

Overall, prices generally steadied on the week as numbers coming forward were just ahead of last week’s levels. It is likely that as harvest activities have come to an end for many producers they have been more active in marketing cattle, especially on the back of more robust prices in recent weeks. At 31,800 head AHDB estimates suggest that while numbers were 200 head up on the week earlier they were for another week behind those in the corresponding week last year.

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Liveweight market bounces back

Having fallen sharply last week, following the end of the procurement period for Eid-al-Adha, liveweight lamb prices bounced back in the last seven days. In the week ended 7 October, the GB SQQ stood at 147.7p/kg, nearly 4p higher than the week before. This was despite prices remaining lower on Thursday and Friday. However, by Monday 5 October the SQQ was up 6p on a week earlier, at 149.1p/kg, with the week-on-week rise increasing in the following two days, although the price level was similar.

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