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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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Farmers feel the pinch as beef prices slide

Beef Prices September 2022

Farmers across Northern Ireland are feeling the pitch as plants have moved to pull all beef prices in the last week (September 2022).

That is according to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), which reported that quotes for all categories have declined. It reports that some prices may fall by a further 4p/kg next week.

  • In NI last week, the average steer price fell by 3.7p/kg to 422.4p/kg, while the R3 steer price came back 2.8p/kg to 435.4p/kg.
  • The average young bull price in NI last week dropped by 4p/kg to 413.1p/kg, while the R3 young bull price was back by 2.4p/kg from the previous week to 424.7p/kg;
  • The average NI cow price last week reported a decrease of 10.9p/kg to 328.9p/kg, while the O3 cow price also back 6.2p/kg to 362.1p/kg.
  • The average heifer price fell marginally to 424.7p/kg last week, with the R3 heifer price also back slightly from the previous week to 435.8p/kg.

Prime cattle throughput in local plants last week reported a decrease of 596 head from the previous week at 6,425 head.

This brings the total prime cattle throughput for the last four weeks to 26,138 head which accounts for a 4.7 per cent decrease on the same period last year, when 27,422 prime cattle were slaughtered in NI plants.

Cow throughput in NI plants last week totalled 2,213 head, up 116 head from the previous week when 2,097 cows were killed locally.

Exports and imports 

Exports from NI to ROI for direct slaughter last week comprised 68 cows, while no cattle journeyed to GB for direct slaughter.

Imports for direct slaughter from ROI last week consisted of 345 prime cattle and 100 cows with no cattle imported from GB for slaughter in local plants last week.

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