Steer has the first decreases since September

In the first fortnight of December, Brazilian steer prices moved down, breaking the sequence of increases that was observed since September. The ESALQ/BM&F Index (Sao Paulo state) dropped 4.8 percent from Nov 30th to Dec 14th, closing at 73.28 reals or 40.78 dollars per arroba (15 kilos) on Friday. Even with these decreases, the Index accumulates a valuation of 39 percent in this year. The recent downward trend is linked to the higher supply of animals from pasture, especially in the Mato Grosso do Sul state. Moreover, the slaughterhouses' retreat also pressured the values.

In the wholesale market of Sao Paulo city, prices also decreased during the first fortnight of December. On Friday, Dec 14th, the steer carcass averaged 4.38 reals or 2.43 dollars per kilo, dropping 3.52 percent in Real over Nov 30th.

For calf, differently, prices kept firm. The ESALQ/BM&F Index (Mato Grosso do Sul state) closed at 482.18 reals or 268.32 dollars on Friday, upping 1 percent in Real over Nov 30th.

Regarding the living hog, prices received by farmers averaged 3.07 reals or 1.71 dollar per kilo on Dec 14th in Sao Paulo state, upped 19.45 percent in Real over Nov 30th. In the wholesale market of Sao Paulo capital, the hog carcass valuated more than 12 percent in Real during the same period, at 4.36 reals or 2.42 dollar per kilo on Dec 14th.

In the poultry market, the frozen meat prices increased 1.8 percent in Real in the first fortnight of December, at 3.07 reals or 1.71 dollar per kilo on Dec 14th; the chilled one valuated 1.2 percent in Real, at 2.73 reals or 1.52 dollar per kilo on Friday, both in the wholesale market of Sao Paulo capital - the most important Brazilian consumer reference.

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