Index for fed cattle drops 3.4 pct in August

From July 31st to August 29th, the ESALQ/BM&F Index for fed cattle (Sao Paulo state) downed 3.4 percent in Real, closing at 90.36 reals or 55.33 dollars per arroba (15 kilos). The decrease was linked to the supply of animals from feedlots, which has been increasing little by little.

Traditionally, the second semester is marked by lower supply, due to the dry weather, which damage the pastures. Because of that, the fed cattle supply is based mainly on feedlots. Therefore, Brazilian agents keep focused on their release rhythm.

In the wholesale market of Sao Paulo city, the steer carcass devaluated 1.27 percent in Real, averaging 5.44 reals or 3.34 dollars per kilo on Friday, Aug 29th.

For the living hog, prices received by farmers averaged 3.23 reals or 1.98 dollar per kilo on August 29th in Sao Paulo state, decreasing 7.45 percent in Real over July 31st. In the wholesale market of Sao Paulo capital, the hog carcass downed 8.35 percent in Real during the same period, at 4.61 reals or 2.83 dollars per kilo on Aug 29th.

On the other hand, poultry prices moved up. The frozen meat valuated 7.66 percent in Real between Jul 31st and Aug 29th, at 3.23 reals or 1.98 dollar per kilo on Friday, Aug 29th; for the chilled one, the raise was of 3.11 percent in Real, at 2.98 reals or 1.83 dollar per kilo, both in the wholesale market of Sao Paulo capital - the most important Brazilian consumer reference. (Cepea - Brazil)

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