Less stock will be over wintered this year
30th July 2018
because of a feed shortage as a result to lower yields
of Grass and Grain due to the drought.
Best Buy is Rib Eye on the Bone Joints or Rolled Rib Eye off the bone steaks or joints which could be at under £11 / kg if you can get it this Autumn.
Just ask you local Butcher, and worth passing a few as I do.
The Lamb situation is different.
Live Lambing percentages were down as a result of the cold wet spring, so there could be a shortage of English lamb with increased prices made up with cheaper New Zealand imports.
As more English Lamb comes on the market prices will ease but you can pick up New Zealand chilled legs at just under £5 / kg at Asda on a price reduction day.
Drought cuts beef carcass weights and leaves lambs underfinished
Beef carcass weights are likely to fall as producers try to reduce feed stock pressure and sell cattle earlier than usual, says the AHDB.
Liveweight beef prices in the week ending 24 July rose slightly for most classes of stock, with numbers down 10%.
Average GB deadweight prices in the week ending 21 July fell by 4-7p/kg for steers, heifers and young bulls, on higher heifer and bull numbers but fewer steers. Cull cow prices took the biggest hit, falling by just over 12p/kg to average 242.7p/kg on almost 3% fewer cattle.
Lambs coming forward are underfinished, which in turn is affecting overall production and the SQQ price, says the AHDB, although it does not see any change in the seasonality of marketing.
However, markets in the week ending 24 July saw 21% more lambs sold than the previous week, with average prices up by 7p-10.6p.
The AHDB’s figures put the UK lamb crop 6% down on the year, driven by the conditions at lambing.
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