21 April 1995

Better outlook on fat cattle scene

FAT cattle prices are firming, and look set to rise further as numbers tighten.

"Prices have increased about 2p per week over the past three weeks," says Robbie Wilson at Paisley, where this week an average of 128p/kg was seen. Marketings, currently on a par with last year, are expected to shorten.

Similarly at Worcester, "a buoyant trade" has been experienced, even though entries have been constant at around the 320 head mark. Auctioneer Clive Roads points out that, with mainly yarded cattle being sold, the quality of stock is high.

"From January to mid-April, the quality is usually good," he says. And although he suggests that declining numbers might push prices upwards, he warns that a decline in quality could offset any improvements.