Organic livestock

Price data

June 2015

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Data courtesy of OLMC

£/kg

Beef - Finished
(under 30 months)

 £3.67
(R4L Base)

Cull Cow
(OTM in spec)

£2.80
(R4L)
 

Beef - Stores

 Price changes daily
Contact OLMC (details below)

Lambs - Finished
(*NSL)

£4.11*
(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
N.B. Lamb price changed from OSL to NSL on 27/04/15

Market Summary

The finished beef trade continues to struggle - with little increase in demand we have seen prices weaken over the past month, and the situation is unlikely to change overnight. However, if we see supplies tighten slightly and an improvement in consumer demand for summer time eating, things could well improve as we get into midsummer.

May grass growth was slow to come, to some extent due to the cold nights. But as the weather has warmed up we have seen stock keeping on top the grass, and in very few areas has growth got ahead of the stock. Reasonable cuts of silage have already been taken or are about to be cut, with varying reports of quality.

The demand for organic cull cows has remained consistent. Prices have altered little over the last few months and look to continue that way unless we see supplies shorten. The value in grazing cows that have potential to put further finish on has to be advantageous on this type of trade, especially where they have the frame to become heavy.

Hoggets or old season lambs are all but finished now, New season lambs (NSL) are slow coming forward, but most abattoirs have started to make the switch. The weather has been good for growing lambs, and with few adverse checks along the way numbers are likely to build from the end of June, peaking in July and early August. Forward planning of lamb sales will be imperative as large flushes of lambs can cause backlogs to build up. Ensure that your marketing agent knows when you are likely to have large draws of lambs and keep them informed of progress building up to that time.

All sheep born this year will need to be electronically tagged, ensure you have ordered your tags in good time as manufacturers are currently experiencing high order volumes.

Tim Leigh, OLMC - 01763 250313

Store Cattle Report - May 2015

Despite the sluggish demand for organic finished cattle from abattoirs and processors, the demand for organic store cattle remains optimistically buoyant. The spring has been very reasonable, with good grass growth in most areas, although the cold nights are still not yet behind us. There is still in a lot of cases forage and feed left over from the winter. This has maintained demand for store cattle, particularly the 12/16 month old cattle that are able to be turned out and finished next autumn/winter.

The condition of cattle this spring has been excellent, reflecting the adequate supplies of feed during the winter. We are always looking for organic cattle and prices are remaining surprisingly firm and we continue to have good demand.

Peter Jones, OLMC Store Cattle - 01829 730 580 / 07720 892 922