Since the last week of February, Brazilian cattle prices (Sao Paulo state) have been keeping between 56.00 and 57.32 reals per arroba. The stability is related to growers' and slaughterhouses' retreat. Last Thursday, the ESALQ/BM&F Index closed at 55.99 reals or 26.79 dollars, almost unchanged in Real over Feb 28th.
Some growers are betting on new valuations, based specially on the shorter plant entries. For buyers, on the other hand, prices should decrease, since the wholesale market of Sao Paulo city has been moving slowly and in a downward trend. Moreover, slaughterhouses are having difficulty to transmit the cattle increases to the meat. The steer carcass decreased 7.84 percent in Real in this first fortnight of March, averaging 3.17 reals or 1.50 dollar per kilo.
For poultry, the good supply management has been boosting Brazilian prices. In the accumulated of this year, the living animal upped 45 percent in Real the Sao Paulo region. For the chilled meat, the increase was of 16.4 percent in Real and for the frozen, of 10 percent, in the same period, in the Sao Paulo state.
Regarding the pork market, prices keep moving down, pressured by the lower exports and also by the weak domestic demand. In the accumulated of the year, the hog carcass devaluated more than 13 percent in Real in the wholesale market of Sao Paulo region, closing this Thursday at 2.69 reals or 1.28 dollars per kilo.