Organic livestock

Price data

February 2016

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Data courtesy of OLMC

£/kg

Beef - Finished
(under 30 months)

 £3.80
(R4L Base)

Cull Cow
(OTM in spec)

£2.50
(R4L)
 

Beef - Stores

 Price changes daily
Contact OLMC (details below)

Lambs - Finished

£4.25
(R3L Base)

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

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Data source for graph - weekly Market Report from Meadow Quality
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Market Summary

Prime organic cattle continued to come forward during January. Little pressure was put on price as processors had plentiful supplies. It would seem that supplies are tightening and processor demand has picked up marginally as we move into February. Whilst the price of prime organic beef isn’t racing away, it would be fair to say it is on the stronger side of firming.

The cow price has remained fairly static for a while, but recently there have been signs of improvement - numbers would seem to be shortening. The best returns still remain for heavy, well finished cows - with plainer, lighter cows attaining a much smaller organic premium. In most cases, forage and straw supplies haven’t been challenged thus far this winter. This should be put to good use where possible, to increase the value of culls that are in need of more finishing.

There's been a fairly unforeseen but very welcome improvement in the organic lamb trade, where prices have moved swiftly through January and further improved into February. Numbers are definitely shorter which has drawn the trade along; also, processor demand has been more vibrant during 2016. Cleanliness of lambs is still an issue - all lambs should be bellied before leaving the farm to reduce the chances of conflicting with the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) policy of clean livestock. The MHS are regularly checking lambs entering abattoirs.

For further information on the marketing of finished stock, please call:
Tim Leigh, OLMC - 01763 250313 / 07850 366404

Store Cattle Report - January 2016

Organic store cattle prices have held up well during autumn/winter, with good quality 400 kg plus cattle making £1.85 - £2.20 pence per kg (depending on confirmation and condition). Spring born suckled calves have been making from £500 to £850, again depending on breed and type. Dairy bred organic stores have lagged behind by about 10 to 15 pence per kg, but still enjoy good demand.

For further information on the marketing of organic store cattle, please contact:
Peter Jones, OLMC Store Cattle - 01829 730580 / 07720 892922