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.