EU slaughter cattle markets: Quotations incre...
EU slaughter cattle markets

Quotations increase

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Particularly for cows, sometimes substantial surcharges had to be paid.
Particularly for cows, sometimes substantial surcharges had to be paid.

BELGIUM, Brussels. In week 47, young bulls in the R3 category were traded for €355.92 euros per 100 kg carcass weight (cw), according to the European Commission's figures, the average of the reporting Member States; compared to the previous week, this corresponded to an increase of 0.7%.

In the Netherlands the quotation was significantly firmer, rising by 3.9%. The surcharges were weaker in Germany and Poland at 1.6% and 1.1%, respectively; in France and Spain, the fatteners had to be satisfied with a plus of 0.3% each. In Belgium, prices for R3 bulls remained at the previous week's level and in Austria they fell by 0.5%. In Denmark, the discount amounted to 1.1%. The price was very weak in Italy with a drop of 6.4%.


On average in the EU, prices for cows also tended to be more favourable again. According to the Commission's figures, the average price for O3 cows was €258.34  per 100 kg sw, 0.5% more than the previous week. In Spain, the relevant quotation increased by 4.1%, in Austria by two percent and in Germany and Italy by 1.4% each. The markup was weaker in the Netherlands at 0.8%, and even lower in Poland and Belgium at 0.5% and 0.2% respectively. In France, O3 cows were 0.7% cheaper than in the previous week; in Denmark the drop was as high as 1.3%.

Noticeably stronger than for bulls and heifers, the EU quotation for heifers increased. According to the Commission, animals in the R3 category were traded for an average of €368.60 per 100 kg sw in the reporting Member States; this corresponded to an increase of €6.89 or 1.9%. Quotations were generally firmer. In Italy, fatteners were pleased with a premium of 6.4%; in Spain and Germany, prices rose by 4.4% and 3.4%, respectively. In Austria, R3 heifers were traded at two per cent more than in the previous week; the surcharge was weaker in France and Poland at 0.7% and 0.5% respectively. In Belgium, heifer prices moved sideways, while in the Netherlands they fell by 0.6%. The decline was noticeably more pronounced in Denmark at 1.9%.

Source: fleischwirtschaft.de; AgE
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