Processing plants across Scotland appear to be keeping a firm lid on cattle prices, with R4L steers holding on £3.40 to £3.45/kg this week. However, numbers are tightening, with farmers able to book cattle into abattoirs without facing any kind of waiting list.

The official AHDB price is still sitting at £3.50/kg for an R4L steer in Scotland, which is a 2p/kg rise on the previous week. Same-grade heifers are up 1p/kg to £3.48/kg and same-grade young bulls increased by 4p/kg to £3.32/kg. Cows grading O-4L are down 2p/kg on the previous week at £2.26/kg, with good-quality fleshed cows making closer to £2.60/kg.