Organic livestock

Price data

March 2015

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Data courtesy of OLMC

£/kg

Beef - Finished
(under 30 months)

 £3.95
(R4L Base)

Cull Cow
(OTM in spec)

£2.90
(R4L)
 

Beef - Stores

 Price changes daily
Contact OLMC (details below)

Lambs - Finished

£4.55
(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 the above graph - Meadow Quality's weekly Market Report.

Market Summary

The organic prime beef trade remains very static - demand is disappointing, with very little or no promotion being done at the consumer end, creating the inevitable increase in waiting to get cattle away to slaughter. This is a problem which will only get worse if the current lack in demand for organic beef continues. Although the demand has not improved, prices have remained steady over the last few weeks of trading.

Demand for organic OTM cows has increased since the start of the year, and we have seen an increase in numbers due to the improved price. In all cases, the better finished, heavier cows are making a good premium above conventional cows. It is worth getting the finish on cows, aiming to attain weights in excess of 300kg deadweight to make the best return.

The organic finished lamb trade is continuing to strengthen, and prices have improved. An abundance of good stubbles and favourable weather has provided very few challenges for finishers, which has allowed them to produce a high quality lamb as good as the trade has seen for some years, with lambs fleshing up well and racing on.

New lambs are being born now, ensure you know the rules on Identification, if in doubt ask your lamb buyer

Health reports are in many cases being distributed to farmers with their kill sheets. These are very important, giving vital information of presence of worms and fluke, which is either active or historic after anti Mortem inspection by the Meat Hygiene Service. Please study them and share the information with your vet, implementing a strategy in your herd/flock health plan to address the findings.

Tim Leigh, OLMC - 01763 250313

Store Cattle Report

The transition from winter to spring is progressing well, with grassland starting to green-up and in some areas starting to grow. Decisions made now on turning out cattle will affect growth rates and performance for the rest of the grazing period.

A few points to remember:

Bigger and older cattle can be turned out early, provided stocking rates are kept low and the ground conditions are not too wet. In some areas cattle are being turned out this week. It is far better for the grass to grow with the cattle than to turn out cattle onto lush grass that will mean they scour and underperform. Younger cattle however do need to be turned out when the conditions are warmer and drier, but again not onto too much grass. For cattle that are only 150 – 250 kgs it may be worth waiting until there are aftermaths available. This clean short grass can give the younger cattle a good start.

The demand for organic store cattle remains strong. The 400 kg plus cattle are difficult to source, with the younger spring 2014 born cattle being more readily available.

The 2015 NBA Beef Expo will be held at the York Livestock Market on the 21st May. The Organic Livestock Marketing Co-op will be mounting a demonstration on organic beef production and look forward to seeing organic producers on the stand.

As always we are always looking for organic store stock for finishers and graziers, and the more notice of availability the better. If you are looking for stores, please contact our office to discuss your requirements. You can also visit the Peter Jones Livestock Ltd website to see availability. www.peterjoneslivestock.co.uk

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