Over-the-hook cattle indicators strengthen
24 May 2016
Tightening availability of slaughter-ready cattle assisted the national over-the-hook (OTH) indicators averaging up to 15% higher year-on-year during May.
For the first three weeks of the month, weekly eastern states cattle slaughter averaged just over 147,800 head – back 16% from the corresponding period the year prior.
The Queensland MSA heavy yearling OTH indicator (300-320kg, A-C muscle) reached 523¢/kg cwt this week, and averaged 512¢/kg cwt for May – up 10% from the same time last year. The light yearling steer OTH indicator (240-260kg, A-C muscle) averaged 480¢ for the month, up 16% year-on-year.
NSW OTH yearling indicators increased to a lesser extent (13% year-on-year) as the drop in cattle availability has been slightly less significant.
Victorian grids remained fairly steady in the last week of the month, following some major categories jumping upwards of 17¢/kg cwt the week prior.
For the last week in May, the OTH grassfed trade steer indicator in:
- Queensland averaged 493¢, up 13¢/kg cwt week-on-week
- NSW averaged 514¢, up 2¢/kg cwt
- Victoria was steady on the previous week, averaging 538¢/kg cwt
In the same week, the MSA OTH grassfed trade steer indicator in:
- Queensland averaged 514¢, up 12¢/kg cwt
- NSW averaged 529¢, up 3¢/kg cwt
- SA held steady, averaging 510¢/kg cwt
- Tasmania was firm, averaging 555¢/kg cwt
The lower A$ and reduction in cattle availability should continue supporting the market over the coming months.
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