Market price trends

Latest price trends from across the UK


The finished cattle trade at GB auction markets remained firm (week ended 13 January). Steers and heifers were marginally dearer on the week at 158.8p/kg and 165.8p/kg respectively. The young bull average was similar to week-earlier levels at 147.5p/kg. The liveweight cull cow trade averaged 97.8p/kg, 3p higher than week-earlier levels.

Deadweight cattle prices (w/e 9 January) were similar to week-earlier levels. Steers averaged 281.9p/kg, heifers 279.5p/kg and young bulls 272.6p/kg. The deadweight cull cow average was 3p dearer on the week at 183.3p/kg.


The average deadweight sheep SQQ fell by 5p to 419p/kg (w/e 9 January). The average SQQ liveweight trade at GB auction markets (w/e 13 January) rose by 4p to 199p/kg. Many auctions were cancelled or postponed due to the snow, so throughputs were below normal.

The average producer sheep price increased by 11% between November and December while the average retail lamb price remained relatively unchanged. As a result the farm to retail price spread narrowed to 43%, meaning the producer received 57% of the final lamb price.


The DAPP levelled (w/e 9 January) at 138.29p/kg. The average 30kg spot weaner price rose marginally to almost £50/head (w/e 16 January). The sow price rose by almost 1p last week to average 92.83p/kg dw.

The gap between the farmgate and retail pork price widened between November and December to 62.2%. The farmgate price again declined in December, while the retail price increased.

There were small increases between November and December for all cuts, with the exception of boneless leg and minced pork, prices of which were stable.

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