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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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‘Strong’ prices for Angus cattle driving breed’s popularity in north

According to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), the number of Aberdeen Angus cattle registered in Northern Ireland has notably increased in recent years.

During 2020, 358,334-beef sired calves were registered in Northern Ireland, and Aberdeen Angus-sired calves accounted for 91,081 of these registrations, which equates to 25.4%.

Furthermore, during 2019 there were 82,657 Aberdeen Angus-sired calves registered in Northern Ireland. This accounted for 23.7% of beef-sired calf registrations in the region.

The number of Aberdeen Angus-sired calves in 2020 has also increased from 2018 levels. In 2018, 76,606 of these calves registered in Northern Ireland, which accounted for 22.1% of the total beef-sired calves registered.

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“Strong prices available for Aberdeen Angus prime cattle at point of slaughter in a number of the local processing plants have produced a strong demand for these types of cattle.”

“An analysis of deadweight cattle price reporting has indicated that the rise in Aberdeen Angus-sired calf registrations is being reflected in Northern Ireland’s prime cattle slaughter mix.”

During the first two months of 2021, Aberdeen Angus cattle accounted for 24.4% of price reported prime kill in Northern Ireland.

This proportion of Aberdeen Angus cattle in the prime slaughter mix during the first two months of 2021 has increased by 2.7% from 2020 and 4.9% from 2019 during the corresponding period.

Hereford cattle

The LMC noted that there has also been a slight increase in the proportion of Hereford prime cattle passing through local processing plants during the first two months of this year.

Hereford cattle have accounted for 7.6% of the prime cattle slaughter mix in Northern Ireland. To note, this is a marginal increase from 2020 and 2019.

According to the LMC, these cattle accounted for 7% of the price reported kill in both years.

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Credit: LMC
Beef prices

In other beef-related news, factories quoted 364-374p/kg for U-3 grade prime cattle in Northern Ireland this week, according to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC).

The spokesperson noted that most plants quoted in the region of 370-374p/kg for steers and heifers. The trade for good quality O+3 grade cows “remained steady,. Most beef plants quoted in the region of 265-274p/kg.

Prime cattle throughput in NI last week totalled 6,661 head, an increase of 763 head from the previous week.

According to the commission, most grades increased in the region of 2-4p/kg from the previous week.

Summary – average prices:
  • Steers – 372.9p/kg;
  • Heifers – 375p/kg;
  • Cows – 260.5p/kg.


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