Weekly Kill Reports

Weekly kill: Cow prices come under heavy pressure as numbers surge

Direct consignment slaughter cow prices have come back sharply in QLD over the past few days, due to abundant supply as producers continue to lighten off numbers heading into winter. Current competitive offers from processors in southern parts of the state for slaughter in coming weeks have heavy cows at 420c/kg today, down 15-20c/kg on last week…Read More

Jon Condon, May 21, 2019

Grid prices steady, as cattle flows persist heading towards June

While some southern direct consignment grid prices have risen over the past week as typical pre-winter seasonal supply issues emerge, over-the-hooks rates in Queensland have remained unchanged again this week, continuing a three-week trend…Read More

Jon Condon, May 14, 2019

Weekly kill: Feedlot reliance hastens shortage of slaughter cattle later in the year

A topic of conversation around processing circles this week has been the impact that current heavy reliance on grain-finishing systems because of drought is likely to have on slaughter cattle supply later in the year…Read More

Jon Condon, April 30, 2019

Weekly kill: Easter handbrake dramatically slows beef processing

Many direct consignment slaughter grids in southern states have risen 15-20c/kg in the past week, as available numbers start to decline heading into winter. Meanwhile in Queensland, grids remain mostly unchanged this week, as processor demand is diminished by successive holiday-shortened working weeks…Read More

Jon Condon, April 24, 2019

Weekly kill: Lack of follow-up rain and cooler weather drives lift in numbers

THE flow of slaughter cattle across eastern Australian picked up this week, as the onset of cooler night-time temperatures and a lack of follow-up rain after encouraging March falls prompts some producers to further lighten off numbers heading into winter.  ..Read More

Jon Condon, April 17, 2019

Weekly kill: Qld grid prices stabilise, after sharp rising trend

Direct consignment meatworks grid prices in Queensland remain mostly unchanged this week, after a fortnight of sharp rises following March rain. Southern and Central Queensland processor grids this morning have heavy cows at 435-440c/kg and four-tooth grassfed heavy steer 510-535c/kg…Read More

Jon Condon, April 9, 2019

Weekly kill: Rain brings halt to slaughter cattle price slide

Encouraging, if somewhat patchy falls since Thursday of anywhere from 25-150mm across eastern parts of Queensland and New South Wales have applied a handbrake to slaughter cattle over-supply and price deterioration this week…Read More

Jon Condon, March 19, 2019

Weekly kill: Slaughter prices enter freefall territory

Direct consignment slaughter cattle prices have entered free-fall territory in the past week, as the relentless surge in stock turnoff across eastern Australia pushes supply and demand seriously out of balance…Read More

Jon Condon, March 12, 2019

Weekly kill: Heavy supply pushes grid prices lower

Heavy supply of slaughter cattle from drought-affected areas continues to impact cattle markets, with direct consignment grid offers in southern Queensland falling further this week…Read More

Jon Condon, March 5, 2019

Weekly kill: Grids soften further in the wake of big numbers

Direct consignment price grids took another hit this week, as big inflows of cattle forced by drought decision-making continue to come to market across eastern Australia. Cow prices in the southern QLD region have fallen anywhere from 5-20c/kg in places in the past seven days, while steers are generally 5-10c/kg cheaper.    ..Read More

Jon Condon, February 26, 2019

Weekly kill: New wave of cows hitting the market

Tough decisions about disposing of another round of breeding cows out of drought-ravaged regions of NSW and QLD are driving big kills during February. Overall kills last week across the five eastern states reached 146,578 head – easily the largest weekly throughput for the year so far…Read More

Jon Condon, February 19, 2019

Weekly kill: Grid offers on the slide, as scorching dry conditions continue into 2019

The disappointing lack of significant summer rain relief over the Christmas/New Year period is being reflected in opening gambit slaughter cattle offers from beef processors in Queensland and NSW this week. Saleyards markets have followed a similar trend…Read More

Jon Condon, January 15, 2019

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