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The organic meat and livestock market in Wales: archive


Beef price data December 2013
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Meadow Quality/Graig Producer report July 2013



Beef cattle numbers are slightly higher than required at present due to the time of year, and there may be some small adjustments in prices offered, but as yet there are no price drops to report. Organic lamb trade may brighten up as the month goes on, as supplies are expected to fall as sheep farmers wean their lambs and do not expect to draw again for another 5-6 weeks (more lambs wanted). Store cattle – numbers are available but they are mainly 7-10 months old with one or two prospective buyers holding off buying until the rain arrives to boost their winter rations.

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Meadow Quality/Graig Producer report April 2013



Meat: The organic hogget trade has firmed up this week as numbers become less and new season lamb is slow to appear. Demand for new season lamb is steady, so please call Meadow Quality for prices when you have them ready.

Organic UTM cattle remain an excellent trade and are holding at £4.90/kg for this week (30th April), with cattle much in demand from all processors, so I would envisage an increase is on the horizon. It will certainly pay to present cattle with the correct level of finish, even with feed prices remaining high.


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Lamb price data (2010-2013)
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For full details of the advantages of membership, including great savings on inputs, contact Graig Producers on 01789 734124.


Meadow Quality/Graig Producer report March 2013



Sales of organic lamb and beef remain strong as the organic brand remains trusted amongst consumers following the horse DNA crisis. Both sheep and beef farmers are struggling to finish their product due to the continuing poor weather conditions experienced throughout GB. Ewes are lacking condition in some places and beef cattle are sold as store cattle as farmers struggle to find suitable forage for their animals. However, prices of over £1,900 for finished beef cattle for single suckled cattle and £100 for hoggets are being obtained, helping to reward those farmers who have made the investment in additional feeding of their organically produced livestock.

Beef price data: (2010-2013)
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Lamb price data (2010-2013)
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For full details of the advantages of membership, including great savings on inputs, contact Graig Producers on 01789 734124.


Meadow Quality/Graig Producer report February 2013



Supplies of beef and lamb are enough to meet abattoir orders, but if sales did increase there may be shortages. Beef prices are hovering around 435-440p/kg and lamb 380-390p/kg with forward contract prices up to 420p/kg. Overall the organic market remains positive, especially in Europe and Asia. Market analysts predict that organic sales in Asia will grow by 20% a year over the next three years. Here in the UK, sales may benefit from the horseygate scandal, but also from European buyers looking to exploit the falling value of the £.

Beef price data: (2010-2013)
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Lamb price data (2010-2013)
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For full details of the advantages of membership, including great savings on inputs, contact Graig Producers on 01789 734124.


Greg Mowbray reports January 2013



Organic beef prices and demand continues to remain stable at present and is just about in line with supply. Numbers forward are steady enough, but could tighten and push prices higher still. The lamb price is holding up well as standard lamb prices plummet and the current differential has not been seen for a number of years. This is very encouraging for the organic lamb producer.

Beef price data: (2010-2013)
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Conventional lamb prices remain unchanged and with the snow gone, more lambs could come forward. The prices are at their lowest level since October 2009 and have fallen over 25% on the exceptionally high levels of 2012. Import volumes during the autumn are up by 27%, with more lamb arriving from New Zealand, Australia and Ireland, adding to the downward price pressure in the conventional market.

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Nigel Elgar reports November 2012


Merger!


Graig Producers has merged with Meadow Quality Ltd to form one of the largest livestock marketing groups in the UK.

Bob Kennard said "It has become apparent that in order to balance the increasing size and power of the UK's meat industry and supermarket industry, producers need to similarly gain scale of operation in representing their interests in the market. We believe that this merger, with a farmer-controlled group which shares our ethical view of business, will be in the best interests of our members. Graig Producers remains a separate entity, and all its services will continue."

Bob Kennard has a seat on the Meadow Quality Board and will continue to represent the views of GP members.

New contact details


Procurement: Jayne Field and Marcus Paybody, Tel: 01789 734117
Inputs: Lyn Harris Tel: 01789 734115

Market report


Dunbia have announced a minimum pricing arrangement with Graig Producers for organic lambs following last year's agreement. This should give confidence to finishers in what can be a volatile market and reduce the need for panic selling for fear of market prices dropping. It will also hopefully ensure that a greater percentage of organic lambs remain organic through to slaughter and not be lost to the conventional sector. Graig Producers will be making a minimum commitment on numbers so if you intend finishing lambs Jan – June then please call the office and speak to Jayne.

Supplies of OTM cattle have increased as producers try to clear out before housing, this has resulted in short delays from booking to slaughter and an easing of organic premium over conventional. Prices for UTM cattle remain firm with premiums of 26% over conventional prices as supermarkets prepare for Christmas.

Beef price data: (2010-2012)
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Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price – Steers”

Lamb price data (2010-2012)
Lamb prices July 2012


Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price - Lambs SQQ”

For full details of the advantages of membership, including great savings on inputs, contact Graig Producers on 01789 734124.






Nigel Elgar reports September 2012


Whilst prices for Under thirty month cattle remain buoyant demand is easing on the back of increased supply. The very wet summer delayed finishing and now that the weather has turned very wet again and ground conditions are saturated there is pressure to move stock rather than house them. Demand for Over thirty month (OTM) cattle remains very strong reflecting the fact that many consumers have downgraded to cheaper cuts.

Organic lamb prices vary significantly between outlets but are generally following the fall in conventional prices. Producers are commenting that they are unhappy that organic prices fall every time conventional prices drop and then are slow to rise when live market value increases. They argue that what the sector needs is stability to keep the remaining certified producers marketing into the organic sector. Despite the success of last year's scheme between Dunbia and Graig Producers, a lack of any announcements concerning forward pricing for winter/spring 2013 is causing frustration for buyers and sellers and could have serious implications for supply next year. We have already lost significant numbers of organic store lambs to the conventional market due to a lack of confidence.

New contracts on feed started on October 1st with price increases of around £17/t for beef and sheep cake.
Beef price data: (2010-2012)
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Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price – Steers”

Lamb price data (2010-2012)
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Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price - Lambs SQQ”

Nigel Elgar reports August 2012


Beef supplies remain tight. Strong conventional store cattle prices resulted in a lot of organic store cattle ending up in conventional markets where finishers were prepared to gamble on smaller margins. This will have a knock on effect by further restricting the supply of organic finished cattle in the future, but will probably ensure healthy organic premiums are maintained.

Following discussions with Graig Producers, we hope Dunbia will soon be announcing a scheme to encourage organic sheep farmers to stay organic through price incentives after Christmas. Last year's successful collaboration with Graig Producers in setting minimum prices resulted in significant increases in lamb retention for finishing in the key period, January to June, and the minimum price guarantee encouraged producers to retain lambs until properly finished rather than sending them early for fear of the price dropping.

Finished lamb numbers coming forward are lower than this time last year largely because of the weather with many producers commenting that lambs are not doing as well as predicted. We have increased the number of outlets available to Graig Producers for both beef and lamb and are looking for more supplies. If producers have organic finished or store stock available then please call the office on 01597 851704.

Our campaign for an Ethical Food supply chain continues to gain momentum and support. The recent crisis in the dairy industry has highlighted what may happen in the beef and sheep sectors unless farmers collaborate in marketing stock and look to long term stability rather than short term gains. www.EthicalFood4Me.org has the latest news and updates.

Beef price data: (2010-2012)
Beef prices, July 2012


Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price – Steers”

Lamb price data (2010-2012)
Lamb prices July 2012


Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price - Lambs SQQ”

Nigel Elgar reports June 2012


The wet weather has delayed lambs finishing and demand has been outstripping supply although numbers being presented are now increasing. The organic premium remained strong for the early part of the year but is easing, presently around 50p/kg giving a 20kg organic lamb a £10 premium. With many Welsh producers indicating that they will not continue with organic certification after completing the five year grant scheme it is important that a significant organic premium remains so that we do not lose many of the long term committed producers from the organic sector.

Organic beef demand still outstrips supply and prices have reflected this with the base price at the time of writing for UTM cattle on the grid at £4.10/kg and OTM cattle at £3.55/kg.

Graig Producers are looking for more suppliers of lamb and beef to meet demand. We have increased outlets for Organic beef giving more options for marketing.

Support is gaining for an Ethical supermarket supply chain and there is growing political pressure to ensure that Producer groups and co-ops will be covered by the Grocery Adjudicator Bill, not just the 2% of farmers who supply supermarkets direct. The crisis in the dairy industry could be reflected in the beef and sheep sectors unless producers take a long term view on marketing and support independent collaborative marketing initiatives. An Early Day Motion (EDM) was tabled in Parliament on 18 June in support of livestock co-operatives and marketing groups to which a range of MPs have already signed up.

For more information on the campaign to support family farms and a vibrant rural community go to www.EthicalFood4Me.org or to talk about marketing organic beef and lamb please call the office on 01597 851704.

Beef price data: (2010-2012)
Beef prices, June 2012


Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price – Steers”

Lamb price data (2010-2012)
Lamb prices June 2012


Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price - Lambs SQQ”

Nigel Elgar reports, May 2012


Cattle prices remain firm and the warmer weather is expected to increase demand for over thirty month cattle for minced beef and burgers as the BBQ season kicks off. Retail sales of under thirty month beef have been struggling but availability has fallen faster, keeping prices firm. We have received several leads for exporting beef to Europe, some from customers wanting to remove their reliance on South American organic imports. There is potential to produce significantly more organic beef in the UK as at present many cattle are losing their organic status at some point along the production route.

The minimum forward price agreement for lamb with Dunbia ends on 31st May. It was not expected that we would be needing a base of £4.70/kg in May but many store finishers are grateful the arrangement was in place as currency fluctuations and a drop in skin values has caused the conventional lamb price to tumble to below £4.00/kg. The arrangement with Dunbia ensured supplies over a period which is traditionally tight and the minimum price agreement should encourage producers to keep lambs again next year if the exercise is repeated. Part of the agreement with Dunbia was that throughout the rest of the year there will be a minimum of 10p/kg premium for organic lamb over the conventional price.

There was good news regarding the Groceries Adjudicator Bill which was announced in the Queens Speech. We are assured that it will cover third parties supplying Supermarkets, such as producer groups and co-operatives, protecting them from any unethical behaviour in the supermarket supply chain.

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Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price – Steers”

Lamb price data (2010-2012)




Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price - Lambs SQQ”

April 2012

Nigel Elgar reports

Supplies of beef and lamb remain short and organic premiums significant.
Current organic premiums:
Organic lamb 65p/kg
Under thirty month beef 42p/kg
Over thirty month beef 55p/kg

The price and volume arrangement between Graig Producers (GP) and Dunbia has resulted in a 17% increase in lamb sales through GP Jan – March 2012 over the same period of 2011, demonstrating the value of processors and producer groups working together. Producers, with the confidence of a minimum organic price and market for their lambs, purchased more organic store lambs for finishing over the period.
www.graigproducers.co.uk

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Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price – Steers”

Lamb price data (2010-2012)


Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price - Lambs SQQ”

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March 2012

Nigel Elgar reports

Organic lamb and beef supplies continue to be short despite rises in price and one supermarket using New Zealand lamb imports. However, the agreement between Graig Producers and Dunbia has worked in securing minimum volumes of organic lamb destined for Sainsbury's.
In a sector that in theory should be awash with product it is clear that strategic planning and co-operation with independent producer groups can secure supplies and is the sustainable way forward for everyone in the chain. Organic meat forms a very small part of processors and the supermarkets business albeit an important one, but if supplies are to be maintained then we need to see a more transparent and co-operative approach to procurement along the lines of the arrangement between Graig and Dunbia.
www.graigproducers.co.uk

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Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price – Steers”

Lamb price data (2010-2012)




Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price - Lambs SQQ”


For full details of the advantages of membership, including great savings on inputs, contact Graig Producers on 01597 851811.

February 2012

Nigel Elgar reports

Finished beef in general is in short supply and store cattle numbers are down reflecting the reduction in breeding cow numbers of recent years. Prices for both OTM and UTM cattle have remained stable for some months but as supplies remain short there will be more pressure on processors to increase prices to secure what limited supplies there are. Organic premiums remain at around 30p/kg on both OTM and UTM cattle.
Supplies of organic lamb are beginning to dry up as finishers hold on for better returns to cover high store lamb prices paid in the autumn. Prices did ease as a result of currency exchange rates not working in favour of exports, but availability of organic lamb numbers will undoubtedly push prices up. Premiums for organic lambs remain at around 30p/kg.
www.graigproducers.co.uk


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Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price – Steers”

Lamb price data (2010-2012)



Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price - Lambs SQQ”



For full details of the advantages of membership, including great savings on inputs, contact Graig Producers on 01597 851811.



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The organic meat and livestock market in Wales: archive


Information supplied by Graig Producers

January 2012

Nigel Elgar reports: Prices remain firm for organic beef and lamb with premiums of 30p/kg on Under thirty month beef, 40p/kg on Over thirty month beef and 20p/kg on organic lambs. Demand is strong for all categories and supply is starting to dry up. The agreement between Graig Producers and Dunbia on minimum pricing of organic lamb has achieved its goal of encouraging store finishers to buy lambs for finishing between January and May and ensuring more store lambs maintain their organic status, securing UK organic lambs for Dunbias customers. However, we are still looking for further supplies of both beef and lamb for other market outlets.

Please phone Gareth on 01597 851704 for the latest livestock prices and for very competitive organic feed prices.
http://www.graigproducers.co.uk

Beef prices December 2011Lamb prices December 2011

Beef price data: (2009-2011)
Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price – Steers”

Lamb price data (2009-2011)
Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price - Lambs SQQ”

Organic price information
More livestock price information can be found at www.soilassociation.org

Organic Livestock Auctions

Welshpool Livestock Sales' next organic auction will be on February 14th 2012. This will be for organic cattle. Call 01938 553438 for details.

Carmarthen Livestock Centre holds regular organic auctions on the first Friday of the month. Call 01267 236268 or Huw Evans on 07976 328177 for details or e-mail carmarthen@auctionmarts.com.

McCartneys will hold joint auctions for organic and in conversion livestock on Friday 27 January and 24 February at Brecon Market. Regular organic auctions are held on the last Friday of the month. Call 01874 622386 for details.

December 2012

Nigel Elgar reports: Organic lamb prices and demand remain strong underpinned by a landmark agreement between Graig Producers and Dunbia to instil some predictability and stability into supplies. Encouragingly, figures from Kantar for the year show organic lamb meat sales increasing by 5%.

Demand for both over and under thirty month beef remain buoyant and retail sales continue to grow in the region of 18%.

Graig Producers can market all the stock that is being presented without delay and it is expected that demand will remain strong after Christmas with good premiums being paid. Graig Producers can not only market farmers' livestock for the best prices available but also save members money through discounted inputs. To find out more, please phone the office on 01597 851811 and speak to Nigel, or if you have stock available, please phone Gareth on 01597 851704.
www.graigproducers.co.uk

Beef prices December 2011Lamb prices December 2011



Beef price data: (2009-2011)
Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price – Steers”

Lamb price data (2009-2011)
Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price - Lambs SQQ”

Organic Livestock Auctions

Welshpool Livestock Sales' next organic auction will now not be until February 14th 2012. This will be for organic cattle. Call 01938 553438 for details.

Carmarthen Livestock Centre holds regular organic auctions on the first Friday of the month. Call 01267 236268 or Huw Evans on 07976 328177 for details or e-mail carmarthen@auctionmarts.com.

McCartneys will hold a joint auction for organic and in conversion livestock on Friday 30th December at Brecon Market. Regular organic auctions are held on the last Friday of the month. Call 01874 622386 for details.

Organic price information
More livestock price information can be found at http://www.soilassociation.org


The organic meat and livestock market in Wales November update


Graig Producers
Nigel Elgar reports:

The organic lamb price is strengthening as a result of supply and demand but too many smaller organic lambs are finding their way into the conventional light-weight export market even though there is strong demand for organic stores. A recent agreement between Graig Producers and Dunbia on minimum prices and a minimum organic premium above conventional will hopefully encourage more producers to retain the organic status of lambs and the agreement will instil some confidence into the sector which, over the last few years, has seen little or no price premiums at certain times. The commitment by Sainsbury's to continue sourcing 100% British lamb and beef is very encouraging and agreements like this help join up the food chain increasing efficiencies throughout. Graig Producers continues to work with all the major processors.
Over recent weeks the volume of cattle, both OTM & UTM, have increased but the price and demand remains firm.
Graig Producers can not only market farmers livestock for the best prices available but also save members money through discounted inputs. To find out more please phone the office on 01597 851811 and speak to Nigel, or if you have stock available please phone Gareth on 01597 851704.
www.graigproducers.co.uk

A new opportunity has recently become available for Organic farmers with Welsh Mountain ewes.
A trail has been set up by Waitrose to test the market for selling Organic Welsh Mountain Mutton under the Duchy Originals from Waitrose brand. Initial feedback has been very positive and demand is strong. To help run the trial for longer Livestock Marketing in Aberystwyth would be interested to hear from anyone who still has Organic Welsh Mountain ewes available for sale over the next few weeks. To find our more please contact Livestock Marketing on 01970 636433.

Beef prices November 2011Lamb prices November 2011



Beef price data: (2009-2011)
Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price – Steers”

Lamb price data (2009-2011)
Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price - Lambs SQQ”

For full details of the advantages of membership, including great savings on inputs, contact Graig Producers on 01597 851811.
farmers@graigproducers.co.uk

Organic Livestock Auctions

Welshpool Livestock Sales' next organic auction will now not be until February 14th 2012. This will be for organic cattle. Call 01938 553438 for details.

Carmarthen Livestock Centre holds regular organic auctions on the first Friday of the month. Call 01267 236268 or Huw Evans on 07976 328177 for details or e-mail carmarthen@auctionmarts.com.

McCartneys will hold a joint auction for organic and in conversion livestock on Friday 25th November and then Friday 30th December at Brecon Market. Regular organic auctions are held on the last Friday of the month. Call 01874 622386 for details.

Organic price information
More livestock price information can be found at http://www.soilassociation.org

The organic meat and livestock market in Wales October update


Graig Producers

Nigel Elgar reports: Organic finished lambs remain in short supply despite premiums of around 20p/kg being paid over conventional prices. We are working with one processor to instil confidence back into the sector by ensuring minimum organic premiums all year. Graig Producers are looking for organic store lambs so please contact us before sending lambs through the conventional market. Premiums paid above conventional prices and lower commission charges than the live markets make the opportunity to sell organic lambs into an organic market attractive, call Gareth on 01597 851704

The drought conditions of the spring/summer had a major impact on finished beef supplies but numbers of cattle coming forward has increased in recent weeks. Demand for both OTM and UTM cattle remains strong and prices firm and Graig Producers is able to market all the stock it's members present without delay.

Recent changes to the UTM payment grid by one processor has eased the penalties on the out of spec cattle giving more options on where to send poorer animals to ensure the best return.

For more information on the market call Gareth on 01597 851704 or email . See
www.graigproducers.co.uk

Beef and lamb prices September 2011
Beef prices September 2011Lamb prices September 2011



Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price – Steers”

Organic from Graig Producers, conventional is a simple average of HCC published “Average Weekly GB Deadweight Price - Lambs SQQ”

For full details of the advantages of membership, including great savings on inputs, contact Graig Producers on 01597 851811

Organic Livestock Auctions
Welshpool Livestock Sales' next organic auction will now not be until November 7th 2011. This will be for organic and in conversion cattle and sheep. Call 01938 553438 for details.

Carmarthen Livestock Centre holds regular organic auctions on the first Friday of the month. Call 01267 236268 or Huw Evans on 07976 328177 for details or

McCartneys will hold a joint auction for organic and in conversion livestock on 28th October 2011 at Brecon Market. Regular organic auctions are held on the last Friday of the month. Call 01874 622386 for details.
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