Organic livestock

Price data

October 2015

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Data courtesy of OLMC


Beef - Finished
(under 30 months)

(R4L Base)

Cull Cow
(OTM in spec)


Beef - Stores

 Price changes daily
Contact OLMC (details below)

Lambs - Finished

(R3L Base)

Prices serve as a guide only and are averaged from information collected from key producers and traders.

Graph of livestock prices - Meadow Quality
Data source for graph - weekly Market Report from Meadow Quality

Market Summary

Another slow month with regard to organic finished cattle. Prices have changed very little, with a slight weakening of late. A possible shortening in supply towards the end of the month will help push the price forward, then as we get into the Christmas kill schedules with the season of good cheer around the corner, this may well provide the springboard from where we might see positivity in the price.

The cull cow trade has disappointingly dropped back from last month, with a few more cows entering the marketplace and little increase in demand contributing to the price drop. Beef cows coming off grass for the most part are in good order, and dairy cows (where they have been dry and grazed) are generally meeting specification. Poorer condition cows, often in milk, are realising a lesser return.

The prime lamb trade moved forward marginally as we came through September but has unfortunately weakened again. Numbers of animals coming forward are meeting current retail demand, with little change likely on the horizon. The grass has continued growing through the early autumn, extending the finishing period for many. With one leading abattoir now supplying a comprehensive health summary on each consignment of lambs, producers are now getting speedy, vital information on worm burden and general health that they can put to good use in tackling such issues. Generally, lamb quality has been good, with many producers attaining satisfactory weights and grades for the time of year.

Tim Leigh, OLMC - 01763 250313

Store Cattle Report - July 2015

Organic Stores now in strong demand.

Organic beef production has gone through a huge turmoil in the last 6-12 months, with finished cattle not just dropping in price but being very difficult to sell. Two to three month waiting lists have not been uncommon, and in some cases finished cattle have been sold into the conventional market to keep them moving as they were going past their optimum selling point.

This period of uncertainty caused store cattle movements to become very slow with prices only moderate, whilst at the same time the conventional store market has been very strong. However, this sluggish demand has radically changed in the last five or six weeks, with producers finding they are very short of stock now that organic finished cattle prices have improved and the backlog is starting to clear.

At the time of writing there are a number of producers looking for a total of 500-600 cattle, with demand right across the board for all classes of organic stores. There has not been a better time to sell in the last 12 months, so please let us know what you have available. You will realise a good return for your store cattle.

Peter Jones, OLMC Store Cattle - 01829 730 580 / 07720 892 922