Finished cattle are back a notch with base prices in and around the 380p/kg mark with demand reportedly sluggish. Cows are still firm but demand is low this week with the shut down for Christmas imminent. Plenty of orders for cows for the next two weeks, despite the three-day weeks. We still have space for cows into a number of outlets for the three days 3rd to 5th January.
The store cattle trade is firm once again and providing forage stocks hold out we anticipate the trade to remain positive through January.
This is probably the best Christmas run in we have had since 2014 in terms of demand and prices. Standard weights lambs are rolling again after a sluggish week previously, base prices have varied between 380-390p/kg, with lambs slightly firmer generally. Demand has picked up as the week has gone on and we have lambs getting picked up today for slaughter tomorrow, and the lorries are rolling again on Boxing day, with the abattoirs firing up on Wednesday 28th December.
We have strong demand for lambs for the first week of 2018, with uplift starting again on the 2nd. Please get in touch with your fieldsman to arrange pickup. Store lambs available.
Dates for your 2018 diary…
Valentines day…Wednesday 14th February
Easter Sunday… Sunday 1st April
Ramadan… Tuesday 15th May
The real gamble for any store lamb finishers is whether to target the Ramadan Muslim in May 2018! It could be very very lucrative if numbers get tight but it really will be the last chance saloon if the trade doesn’t take off and their teeth rise! Initial scanning results from the early flocks down south are reportedly good.
Organic lambs to 400p this week, with demand firm, more needed for next week. Organic cattle to 440p.