Organic livestock

Price data

August 2015

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Data courtesy of OLMC

£/kg

Beef - Finished
(under 30 months)

 £3.80
(R4L Base)

Cull Cow
(OTM in spec)

£3.00
(R4L)
 

Beef - Stores

 Price changes daily
Contact OLMC (details below)

Lambs - Finished

£3.40
(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 - Meadow Quality's weekly Market Report

Market Summary

The finished cattle trade, having been moving forward at the start of the month, has began to stumble a little with the exodus of holiday goers. Changeable weather has done little to help with demand as we have been unable to rely on the summer BBQ trade for any help. These challenging conditions have also slowed up the growth of the cattle, and it is a concern that numbers moving forward may all come at once thereby causing an oversupply in a finely balanced situation.

The organic cull cow trade has remained consistent in terms of demand, and we have seen the price starting to move forward. Those with heavy, good grading cows are seeing a good return.

The seasonal decline for organic lambs has begun. Until recently we have seen plenty of numbers coming into the system, thereby decreasing the price. This trend has hit the conventional trade as well, with prices for good lambs (both organic and conventional) being disappointing. The current oversupply of organic lambs isn't helping matters - much of this will end up in the conventional market, and with such a week euro and poor export trade there are few signs of improvement.

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