The only disappointing notes in an otherwise encouraging trade were an overall deadweight average of just 170p for steers and heifers in Northern Ireland, and only 178p for R4L
carcasses in the South West.
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steers killed in the Midlands region levelled out at just 71.8p compared with 174.9p in the Southern region which makes them lower by 11p than those in Scotland, 7.2p than the North and 3.1p than the South.
While steers and heifers showed a small improvement in the number attaining target specification, the number of young bull carcases classified 'R4L
or better' increased from 53% to 57%.
The only notable improvement was in young bull classifications, where the number hitting R4L
or better increased from 48% to 53% - but this remained below the 57% recorded in 2009.
Half of the prime beef carcases classified in Great Britain met the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) target of 'R4L
or better' from a sample of more than 300,000 prime cattle checked by the Meat and Livestock Commission last year.
According to the NBA some of the biggest falls have been in Scotland where - with the exception of Scotbeef which is reported to have dropped the value of its standard R4L
steers by 5p a deadweight kilo - there has been a general 7p fall with threats of another 8p drop next week.
The year-on-year decline in prime cattle slaughterings of more than 5% recorded over the first five months of 2008 has been one of the main reasons behind the dramatic increase in beef prices seen so far this year, with R4L
steer prices rising by fully 30%.
"The GB average for R4L
steer and heifer carcases is rapidly approaching 280p and current predictions, from Brazil itself, are that even Brazilian cattle will be selling for about 200p deadweight in sterling terms by the end of the year.
Stabiliser sired cattle bred from Signet recorded suckler herds will be eligible to join the scheme which requires finishing within 24 months off forage based systems to 300kg to 380kg target weight and grade R4L
We've found they leave a margin higher than any of the other continental terminal sires we've used, simply because they achieve greater weight for age, an average 50kg more, and the vast majority grade in R4L
bracket or better," he said.
According to the new EBLEX figures, 48% of prime beef carcases met the preferred 'R4L
or better' specification during 2007.