Weekly Kill Reports

Weekly kill: northern grids surge 15-25c on tight supply

After a six-week phase where direct consignment grid offers have trended downwards, a number of Queensland exporters have raised their offers significantly over the past few days, in response to acute slaughter cattle supply shortage. Best offers seen from competitors this week were up anywhere from 15-25c/kg, depending on the category…Read More

Jon Condon, September 29, 2020

Weekly kill: Rain slows numbers in some regions

Falls of 25-75mm across substantial areas of southwestern and western Queensland, western NSW and eastern parts of South Australia in the past week have been enough to disrupt slaughter cattle supply to some processors this week…Read More

Jon Condon, September 22, 2020

Weekly kill: Grids continue to soften, in face of lacklustre export markets

More adjustments were seen in slaughter cattle grid offers this week, in the face of listless export markets and a rising currency. Some Queensland processor competitors have dropped their offers a further 10c/kg since Friday, and most of the state’s grids have now dipped a combined 20-30c/kg over the past fortnight…Read More

Jon Condon, September 8, 2020

Weekly kill: Soaring Aussie dollar pushes grid prices 10-30c/kg lower

While the international and domestic beef trade out of Australia continues to cop a buffeting from COVID-related demand factors and high rates of kill in competing exporter countries, currency movement has played a big role in recent slaughter cattle pricing trends…Read More

Jon Condon, September 1, 2020

Weekly kill: Production rates stabilise, after previous week’s dramatic declines

Rates of slaughter across eastern Australia appear to have steadied last week, after dramatic declines were reported the week before. There has been little or no change in direct consignment slaughter rates this week, despite the absence of couple of larger processors due to plant shutdowns…Read More

Jon Condon, August 25, 2020

Weekly kill: Eastern states tally in freefall, collapsing below 100,000 head

THE Eastern states weekly slaughter fell to almost unprecedented mid-season lows last week, in the face of sustained supply pressure caused by the past two years of drought-forced herd reduction. If the trend continues, a decline in national slaughter throughput of this scale will inevitably put considerable pressure on Australian beef’s ability to adequately service key export markets…Read More

Jon Condon, August 18, 2020

Weekly kill: Further slippage in mid-winter slaughter

Eastern States beef kills fell to a four-month low last week, as supply of slaughter-type cattle continued to tighten, and Victoria’s COVID-related plant closures took effect…Read More

Jon Condon, July 28, 2020

Weekly kill: First cracks appear in grid prices, as export meat trade struggles

Increasingly tough trading conditions and renewed COVID uncertainty in international markets has prompted major processors to drop rates by up to 20c/kg on direct consignment slaughter cattle in recent days, and it looks like there is more to come…Read More

Jon Condon, July 21, 2020

Weekly kill: Some northern grids lift, while southern cow market on fire

Some processor grid offers in Queensland have risen this week, while southern Australian saleyards cow prices continue to fire on all cylinders. Flow of cattle into southern Queensland plants is looking tighter this week, and there are suggestions that at least one large export plant may skip days next week, as a result…Read More

Jon Condon, May 26, 2020

Weekly kill: Southern cow prices surge, but numbers are limited

A big price gap has emerged for better slaughter cows between southern states and Queensland since Easter, as southern processors jostle for limited supply…Read More

Jon Condon, May 5, 2020

Weekly kill: Reduction in rates of slaughter looks inevitable, as COVID impacts escalate

Discussions with meat trade sources up and down the supply chain this week about the desperate state of the export and domestic meat market leaves space for just one conclusion: processors will inevitably have to reduce rates of kill in coming weeks…Read More

Jon Condon, April 21, 2020

Weekly kill: Grid slide continues, as meat market uncertainty swirls

Two consecutive short production weeks due to Easter holidays have softened slaughter cattle demand, but it is the “abject flatness and uncertainty” that is evident in international meat markets this week which is driving processor grid offers lower…Read More

Jon Condon, April 14, 2020

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