Weekly Kill Reports

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

Weekly kill: Big late-season surge in slaughter numbers, as grid prices dip again

The unusually large late-season flow of cattle has seen a sharp check in processor direct grid offers, with four-tooth grassfed heavy steer in southern Queensland market falling another 10c/kg late last week. Last week’s eastern states beef kill was the fourth largest of the year…Read More

Jon Condon, December 11, 2018

Weekly kill: Grids soften by 5-10c/kg under supply and currency pressure

A resurgent Australian dollar combined with a sharp rise in slaughter cattle supply after recent heatwave conditions in some areas has pushed many eastern states processor direct consignment grids 5-10c/kg lower during the past week…Read More

Jon Condon, December 4, 2018

Weekly kill: Grids unchanged, as heatwave conditions set in

Hot, dry conditions and lack of follow-up rain across the eastern states has maintained a flow of slaughter cattle through November, leaving most processor grid offers little changed for another week…Read More

Beef Central, November 27, 2018

Weekly kill: Grid price rises eat into processor margins

Recent grid price rises and an inflated Australian dollar have eaten into processor margins in recent weeks…Read More

Jon Condon, November 20, 2018

Weekly kill: Grid prices reach two-year high, but supply response is limited

Despite direct consignment slaughter cattle prices reaching a two-year high in Queensland during November, it’s had little effect in flushing out additional slaughter cattle at the end of a long drought year…Read More

Jon Condon, November 13, 2018

Weekly kill: Cattle flow regains momentum, as hot weather sets in

Slaughter numbers across eastern Australia fell to 128,100 head last week – the smallest full-week throughput seen since April this year – in the wake of late October rain. Grids remain unchanged for the timebeing, despite a sharp rise in direct consignment inquiry this week in the face of some very hot weather conditions. ..Read More

Jon Condon, November 6, 2018

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