In this cross-posting from the Thomas Elder Markets website, livestock market analyst Matt Dalgleish tackles the question many people are pondering following the 2021 southern weaner sales: can producers still expect to turn a profit from young cattle purchased at last week’s record price levels?
- Those purchasing lighter weaners (weighing under 275 kg live weight) are still likely to make a profit if they can carry them through to 550kg and sell for 3.25 $/kg or more.
- Buyers of heavier weaners (weighing over 350 kg live weight and purchased for more than 5.00 $/kg) are going to struggle to make a profit unless they can offload them for 3.65 $/kg or more.
- Modelling suggests that the national heavy steer prices will ease by about 20c/kg lwt or around 6%, on average over the 2021 season.
In October of last year we ran an analysis piece encouraging buying weaners on the lighter side as there are a few headwinds that could see finished cattle not achieve as good an average price result during 2021/22 as we have seen achieved during 2020.
This analysis takes a look at two weaner trades, based off some of the average price and weight data coming out of the recent weaner sales across the country.
The annual average price the national heavy steer indicator achieved during 2020 was 343 c/kg lwt and it peaked at 382 c/kg during June. TEM modelling shows that the heavy steer indicator is likely to soften around 6% during 2021, which equates to about 20c/kg lower prices on a live weight basis from the 2020 price levels.
Those buyers paying in excess of 5.00 $/kg for weaners weighing 350 kg or more better be banking on some good price outcomes when it comes time to sell.
This article was originally published on the Thomas Elder Markets website – to view original article click here