Weekly Kill Reports

Weekly kill: Grainfed cattle prices fall out of step with US

A BIG drop in US fed cattle prices over the past month has opened up a gap worth up to $300 a head in comparisons with similar grainfed export cattle out of Australia. The move has added considerable competition headwinds for Australia in key grainfed export markets like Japan and South Korea, trade sources say…Read More

Jon Condon, September 10, 2019

Weekly kill: Some Qld grids lift 5-10c

Some Queensland slaughter cattle grids have risen 5-10c/kg this week, but the trend is more about processors re-aligning with their competitors’ higher offers, rather than overall cattle market changes…Read More

Jon Condon, August 20, 2019

Weekly kill: Grids steady, as saleyards prices trend lower

Queensland slaughter grid prices are unchanged this week, ending a five-week passage of steady advances in processor offers – partly influenced by an easing in parts of eastern Australia in saleyards prices over the past fortnight…Read More

Jon Condon, August 7, 2019

Weekly kill: Qld cow grids continue to edge higher

Some eastern states slaughter grids, especially for cows, have advanced another 10c/kg this week, as slaughter cattle supply prospects for the months ahead start to further tighten. The latest changes mean upwards price movements in Queensland grids have continued into a fifth straight week, at the same time that the eastern Young Cattle Indicator has surged dramatically.
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Jon Condon, July 30, 2019

Weekly kill: Grids reach highest point for the year, as numbers start to slide

A third consecutive week of processor grid price rises has seen cow and steer direct consignment rates across much of eastern Australia reach their highest point for the 2019 year…Read More

Jon Condon, July 23, 2019

Weekly kill: Processor grids rise for second consecutive week – is the wind shifting?

A second round of processor grid price rises has occurred across parts of eastern states this week, in what may turn out to be the start of the much anticipated fundamental shift in the slaughter cattle supply/demand/price equation, following 18 months of severe drought…Read More

Jon Condon, July 16, 2019

Weekly kill: Grid prices steady, as rates of kill continue to climb

The prolonged and lingering impact of drought across eastern Australia continues to be reflected in unusually high rates of kill, especially for cows. Grid price offers remained steady across Queensland and NSW last week, as processors are well supplied with slaughter stock until mid-July…Read More

Jon Condon, June 11, 2019

Weekly kill: Slaughter numbers climb to three-year high

Drought pressure has pushed slaughter numbers to a three and a half year high last week, as freezing conditions and heavy frosts across large parts of eastern Australia prompt another wave of herd reduction heading into mid-year.The seven day kill to Friday showed last week’s eastern states kill at 158,991 head – the highest number seen since October 2015…Read More

Jon Condon, June 4, 2019

Weekly kill: Some cow grids softer as supply continues to surge

With first frosts making an appearance in some areas of eastern Australia in the past few days, large numbers of cows continue to flow into processing channels this week as more drought-impacted producers move to lighten-off numbers heading into winter…Read More

Jon Condon, May 28, 2019

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

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