Hot weather has led to a rise in finished cattle numbers of 6% at auction markets in the week to Tuesday 10 July.
Numbers for Great British finished heifer and steer from deadweight centres rose by 6.7% and 1.5% respectively in the week up to 7 July. Cow cull numbers at market soared by 10.4%. British store cattle lost ground for all breeds and ages over said period with dairy types losing out the most.
Auctioneers have recommended if farmers are short of grass and have store cattle to sell, they should do so as soon as possible before more cattle is forced on to the market by hot weather.
Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) red meat analyst Tom Forshaw, said: “This may push more cattle into the marketplace as farmers try to conserve winter stocks, control input costs or just run out of grazing altogether.
“As producers look to get rid of cattle, we may see some cattle coming forward out of specification, both weight and fat class, which you would expect to naturally bring our average prices down, but that’s not saying that the base price will change from the processors.
“Bigger farms with larger feed stocks are going to be able to weather the storm better than smaller producers, but another two weeks of dry weather would see even the bigger farms under pressure – if not in the short term, then later on in the year.”