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Beef trade: P grade cull cows hit €4.00/kg

March 2022 beef prices

Some plants have moved to increase beef prices by 5-10c/kg this week (March 2022).

Most factories are offering a steer base price of €4.55-€4.65/kg, while heifer base quotes are starting at a reported €4.65/kg and reaching €4.75/kg.

According to reports, one meat processor is offering a base price of up to €4.80/kg for steers and €4.85/kg for heifers (this includes a 10c bonus for cattle 300-400kgs).

In terms of cull cows, this publication has been informed of €4.00/kg for P grading cows, with most offering €4.10-€4.15/kg for O grades.

€4.20-€4.30/kg is on the table in several plants for R and U grade cull cows, with some factories pushing the bar to €4.40/kg.

According to reports, €4.60-€4.80/kg is available in some plants for young, R and U grade bulls.

Beef kill figures:

According to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s database, last week’s beef kill stood at 38,813 head (compared to 34,032 during the same week last year).

The inclusion of last week’s kill brings the total (excluding this week) for the year-to-date to 319,137 head, compared to 290,214 head during the corresponding period in 2021.

Breakdown of last week’s kill:

  • Young bull: 2,864;
  • Bulls: 531;
  • Steers: 12,438;
  • Cows: 8,249;
  • Heifers: 10,729.

Beef kill at DAFM plants in 2022 [Source: The DAFM’s beef classification and price reporting division]:

A B C D E Veal
Week No Week/Comm YBull Bull Steer Cow Heifer V Z Total
1 1/3/2022 3030 925 8887 5217 8723 3 25 26810
2 1/10/2022 3955 311 11177 6319 10619 25 29 32435
3 1/17/2022 4279 262 11592 7055 10706 5 27 33926
4 1/24/2022 4206 365 12229 7599 10691 29 105 35224
5 1/31/2022 3691 329 12655 7955 11327 159 72 36188
6 2/7/2022 4135 469 12700 8052 11051 1773 40 38220
7 2/14/2022 3499 470 12947 7885 10751 3197 55 38804
8 2/21/2022 2924 567 12811 8138 10415 3817 35 38707
9 2/28/2022 2864 531 12438 8249 10729 3970 32 38813

 

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