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Catherina Cunnane hails from a fifth-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 company in 2015.
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Beef Trade: 10c/kg difference between U grade culls and steer base price

While the base price for steers remains around €3.60-€3.65/kg and €3.65-€3.70/kg for heifers, it has been reported that some plants are paying more for suitable stock.

According to reports, some beef factories are offering 5-10c/kg above quoted prices this week.

Young bulls and cull cows

Meanwhile, prices for R/U young bulls are hovering around €3.40-€3.70/kg.

In terms of cull cows, trade is steady, with the majority of plants quoting €3.00/kg for P+s, with up to €3.40-€3.50/kg reportedly available for U grades.

Throughput

The national beef kill for the week commencing September 28th stood at 35,627 head (including 91 calves), according to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s database.

Breakdown:
  • Young bulls: 1,379;
  • Bulls: 550;
  • Steers: 16,889;
  • Cows: 7,274;
  • Heifers: 9,444.

The cumulative beef kill for the year-to-date now stands at 1,357,637 head, according to its database, which is running 48,820 head higher than the corresponding period in 2019.

In comparison to last year, 56,341 fewer young bulls have been processed, 2,149 fewer bulls, while the steer kill has increased by 71,153 head.

8,571 more cull cows have been presented for slaughter in comparison to the same period last year, while the heifer kill is up by 13,049 head, according to the department.

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