Livestock Price Data
Organic Livestock Prices
| £ / kg
Data courtesy of OLMC
|Beef - Finished
(under 30 months)
(OTM in spec)
|Beef - Stores||See store cattle report below|
|Lambs - Finished OSL||£5.40
|Lambs - Finished NSL||
N.B. Prices serve as a guide only and are averaged from information collected from key producers and traders.
Courtesy of OLMC. For further information on the marketing of finished stock, please call: 01763 250313 / 07850 366404 www.olmc.co.uk
Please note prices accurate when report was written but due to the volatility currently prices may alter.
The prime stock market remained steady throughout the Christmas period. The flow of slaughter stock was hampered a little by fewer killing days due to Christmas holidays which delayed cattle movements for some producers by a couple of weeks.
Demand has increased as we get into January and OLMC will be looking for further supplies of prime organic cattle from February onwards to fulfil current projected demands.
Many will be trying to assess forage stocks at this time, the general picture being that the situation will be tight. Another hot dry summer would not be welcome, as there will be little carry over.
Generally we are receiving well finished stock, however weights are slightly lower than other years, yet again a likely consequence of last summer.
The demand for cull cows has increased through January. The price has firmed as supplies have become shorter. Processor demand for cull cow meat has continued at its pre-Christmas levels and would look to increase as sales of cheaper cuts of meat to the consumer grow stronger.
Post-Christmas demand for organic lamb has been disappointing, this coupled with a flush of organic finished lambs creating over supply, has weakened the trade levels.
One factor that has upset the flow of supplies are the cold snaps we have experienced. These have not helped the forage situation, killing off or slowing down cover crops and roots in many parts of the country.
The price will move forward but looks to be at a slower pace than we have experienced in past years
Store Cattle Report
Courtesy of Peter Jones (working in conjunction with OLMC). For further information on the marketing of organic store cattle, please contact Peter Jones or Rachel Cooke: 01829 730580 / 07720 892922 www.peterjoneslivestock.com
There has been a surge in cattle numbers on the market from late December into early January and these cattle have been sold on a very strong trade. Cattle have come onto the market mainly from areas that experienced the long summer drought and have been sold into areas where there are still adequate forage stocks still available. The demand has been strong and prices high, mainly due to the very buoyant finished price that has continued to rise into January, when we would normally see a stable if not subdued price.
I reported in the last newsletter that smaller cattle were in less demand, however we now see an uptake in graziers requiring smaller, 300 – 400 kg cattle, a trend that will continue to grow as we approach spring.
It’s hard to see where store prices will go in the next six months but as I highlighted in my last report, we are seeing a reduction in breeding stock, particularly amongst organic producers.
The sheep trade remains subdued, and store lambs, as you would expect, are now almost sold.
We are always happy to discuss your marketing options for any class of stock.
For all your organic store cattle, store lambs and dairy stock please contact:.
OLMC office: 01829 730580
Peter Jones: 07720892922
David Bostock: 07734808050
OLMC's sum-up of the 2022 lamb trade
It all started so well this year. That’s what many sheep keepers were saying when they finished lambing. Crops had generally been good, and fortunately for most shepherds, there were none of those awful days and nights when both wind and rain combine causing lambs to get separated from their mothers, and turning what was a very decent lamb crop into a very ordinary one.
With UK inflation running at around 10% during the last few months flock owners would have settled for that but with lamb creep increasing by around £100 per ton, fertilizer more than doubling in price and massive fuel prices increases, profitability could only remain at 2021 levels if lamb prices improved. Unfortunately this didn’t happen and for several periods this year we have seen finished lamb prices below last year’s levels.
For those farmers who finish their lambs off grass, the lack of rain meant using some of their silage ground, and by September even lowland flocks were eating into winter rations to maintain body condition in their ewes at tupping. There are already reports circulating that there will be more barren ewes this autumn as a direct result of the drought. This lack of early lambs could help those farmers who have purchased long keep lambs as it could boost the late hogget trade.
Overall the number of Hogget and lambs slaughtered are 2.2% up on last year, and November did see finished lamb prices firm, but before we get too excited fat lamb prices are still 9% below last year and although it looks as though feed prices will level off, nobody would like to say where agricultural inflation is going.
(Ian Turner of OLMC, December 19 2022)
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