Organic livestock

Price data

September 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 - Meadow Quality's weekly Market Report

Market Summary

The organic prime beef trade has been fairly static - whilst the supply of cattle has been marginally tighter, demand has remained around the same. Thankfully what we haven’t experienced is a drop in price. Quality of cattle has on the whole been good - weights and grades have been encouraging as the grass has remained in many areas for most of the summer. Forage stocks look to be adequate in most cases to see producers through whatever the winter may throw at us.

The trade for organic cull cows weakened at the beginning of August, with slaughterers experiencing a drop in demand for processing meat - which is not uncommon across the red meat sector during the summer holidays. As the month went on the price recovered somewhat as demand increased. We are currently seeing a good number of heavier, well-fleshed cows, as well as some plainer types. Producers must ensure these plainer cows have enough energy to travel, because if they are coming straight off grass, the forage quality at this time of year this often leaves them short of energy.

The predicted surge in numbers of organic lambs into July and August was further fuelled by ideal finishing conditions for many. Lambs experiencing very little to challenge them all summer have done remarkably well, coupled with particularly good numbers of lambs born.
Lamb prices across the board have been disappointing, only now showing glimmers of recovery, mainly due to greater demand for conventional carcase lambs for export as the Euro strengthens.

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