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UK deadweight cattle prices fall

17 December 2021

The all-prime average deadweight cattle price fell 2.5p to average 406.7p/kg

According to the UK's Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), the all-prime average deadweight cattle price fell 2.5p to average 406.7p/kg in the week ending 11 December.

All categories lost ground, said AHDB livestock analyst Hannah Clarke. Steers were down 2.7p overall, heifers lost 1.7p overall, while young bulls fell by 5.7p. Despite prices easing, the all-prime average measure was still 40p above the price recorded in the same week a year ago.

Slaughter of prime cattle at Great Britain abattoirs was estimated to total 29,400 head for the week, largely unchanged from the week before (-100 head), but 13% below numbers recorded a year ago.

The picture was different for cows, as the overall average price rose by 3.2p to 255.1p/kg. This was the first weekly price rise for about four months, putting the measure closer to where it was two weeks ago, and 33p above the same week a year ago.

Slaughter of cull cows at Great Britain abattoirs was estimated to be 12,600 head for the week, up 5% from the week before, but virtually unchanged compared to the same week a year ago.



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