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AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly


21 March 2016

AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 21 March 2016AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 21 March 2016


Stability seen in some parts of the cattle trade

While the relentless malaise in the cattle trade has no doubt continued, in week ended 12 March the deadweight prime cattle trade levelled. At 327.0p/kg the GB all prime average was little changed on the week earlier. For another week reports suggest that the differentiation in the trade is very clear. Cattle meeting tight supermarket specification have been well received by the market and prices in general have been solid. However, with specification under the microscope by processors, who can afford to be selective in their procurement, pressure on price for the more commercial types is likely and queues have emerged.

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Robust lamb trade

The liveweight lamb trade strengthened again in the past week, despite numbers at GB auction markets being ahead on the week earlier.

With the Easter procurement drive well under way and the value of the Pound remaining weaker than at this time last year the market has performed robustly in recent weeks.

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