UK cattle prices slide on back of high supplies
UK cattle prices slipped further last week on the back high supplies.
In the week ended 27 October, the AHDB GB all prime average quote slipped 1.59p, to 362.7p/kg.
However, despite sliding during recent weeks the measure continued to trend above year earlier levels and the five year average, by 3p and 5p respectively.
The AHDB says that industry reports indicate that supplies are currently ahead of demand as farmers push to send cattle forwards before winter housing begins.
Estimated UK slaughterings for the week remained reasonably steady compared to last week at 34,100 head, up almost 2,000 head on the same week last year.
Declines were recorded across the different specifications. The overall steer price remained the steadiest, recording a decline of 0.7p week-on-week, to 364.7p/kg.
Meanwhile, those steers meeting the R4L specification slipped 3p, to 377.6p/kg.
The overall heifer price lost 2.1p, to 363.9p/kg, while those meeting the R4L specification fell 2.5p. The overall young bull price, which can be volatile, declined by 8.8p, to 336.4p/kg.