Cattle weight bands to be recalculated

Weight categories for livestock auctions will change on 1 January 2012 to reflect a consistent increase in cattle weight over the past 30 years.

Eblex worked in consultation with the Livestock Auctioneers Association for England and Wales and the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers for Scotland to recalculate weight bands that would better reflect the current marketplace.

“The new reporting weights for 2012 will enhance Eblex’s market reports and provide a true reflection of what’s happening in the sale ring,” said Jonathan Eckley, Eblex south east regional manager.
“The improved distribution of cattle within the new weight bands will enable producers to make better use of our auction reports when making marketing decisions.”

Only 3% of the 250,000 heads of prime cattle sold in the first three quarters of 2011 were reported as light weight, compared to 80% in the heavy category. The average weight of steer carcases has increased by 26% in the past 30 years, and that of young bull carcases went up 40% over the same period.  

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