Weekly Kill Reports

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

Weekly kill: Some grid offers continue to soften, in slower pre-Easter period

With two short production weeks this week and next caused by the Easter break, slaughter cattle demand softened this week across much of eastern Australia, and some processor grid offers continued to soften…Read More

Jon Condon, April 7, 2020

Weekly kill: Rates decline continues, as beef demand uncertainty mounts

Eastern states cattle slaughter leapt a remarkable 17pc last week, despite continuing downwards pressure on finished cattle prices. There’s been some further downwards adjustments in slaughter cattle direct consignment rates, but mostly to align offers with other competitors in a deteriorating market, rather than pushing still lower…Read More

Jon Condon, March 31, 2020

Weekly kill: Grids slide 20-50c/kg as coronavirus concerns escalate

Uncertainty over the impact that coronavirus will have on international meat demand is contributing to a dramatic 20-30c/kg decline on Queensland direct consignment grid offers this week, and up to 50c/kg in parts of NSW…Read More

Jon Condon, March 17, 2020

Weekly kill: Numbers continue to slide as rain impact extends

An acute shortage of slaughter cattle again this week is weighing heavily on processing operations, with last week’s eastern states beef kill reported by NLRS at just 116,920 head – some 23pc below this time last year…Read More

Jon Condon, March 10, 2020

Weekly kill: Processors trim schedules as supply squeeze grows

Larger beef processors are talking cutbacks on slaughter in coming weeks, as the effects of recent leaps in cattle price and short supply start to weigh more heavily on processor profitability…Read More

Jon Condon, February 18, 2020

Weekly kill: Processors face growing supply challenge as rain impact soaks in

More substantial rain across the eastern half of NSW and QLD in the past seven days has made beef processing a day-to-day proposition this week, with plenty of large export plants planning to cancel shifts due to challenges in accessing stock. Wet weather money is being splashed around, with one QLD processor’s grid this week offering an unprecedented 580c/kg…Read More

Jon Condon, February 11, 2020

Weekly kill: Grid price surge continues, with more rain in prospect

Slaughter cattle prices have surged again this week – in some cases to record levels – as the accumulated benefit of recent significant rain across parts of eastern Australia and prospect of more to come sinks in…Read More

Jon Condon, February 4, 2020

Weekly kill: Cattle prices surge, as long-weekend rain impact starts to soak-in

Priceless rain across large parts of eastern and northern Australia over the past week has created a new dynamic in the red meat industry’s slaughter cattle supply/demand equation, but it is still too early to determine how long-lasting and profound the change is…Read More

Jon Condon, January 28, 2020

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