For the second week in a row, the weekly kill has been lower when compared with the same week last year. During the past seven weeks, the kill has declined from 31,441 to just 27,940 this week. This is the third week this year that we have gone below 30,000.

The total kill year-to-date is just over 103,000 head above where we were this time last year. The reduced kill continues to be met with reluctance from factories to raise prices and bring cattle out of the fields.