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Weekly cattle cull numbers fall

The set of weekly slaughter statistics released by the USDA, for the week ending September 4, 2021, have shown a significant drop in numbers when compared to the week prior and the recent weekly average.


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Higher weekly cull signals a stress test for the supply chain

The latest weekly cattle slaughter figures in the U.S. showed that over 636,000 head was reached in early June and the upcoming weekly cull figure is expected to be over 650,000 head according to USDA figures. With this increase comes the moment that many analysts in the hide and skin business had been expecting and will have an impact on raw materials prices.


Low kill impact on prices

United States

Business at the beginning of August remained slow in general. Over the week ending August 1, steer hides made some small gains while cows remained mostly steady. The quantities sold at higher prices are thought to be very modest. Heavy Native Steers and Branded Heifers showed higher prices, while the rest remained unchanged. In the week ending July 19 the official USDA weekly cow kill was above 100,000 for the first time in six weeks. Let us see if this upward movement will continue, but already two or three major bovine slaughter plants have closed down and it is expected this figure will double before the end of the year.