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Kill rises by just under 4,000 cattle as base price hovers around €3.60/kg

Beef quotes remain relatively unchanged this week, with the base price for steers and heifers circling around €3.60/kg.

It has been reported that some plants are paying 5c/kg above quoted prices.

€3.60/kg is also on the table for R/U grade bulls in a limited number of plants, while cull cows are ranging from €2.80-€3.20/kg.

Beef kill

The national beef kill stood at 36,208 (including 26 calves), during the week commencing June 8th, according to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s database.

Breakdown:

  • Young bulls: 3,175;
  • Bulls: 544;
  • Steers: 13,104;
  • Cows: 8,691;
  • Heifers: 10,468;
  • Total: 36,208 (including 26 calves).  

Corresponding week in 2019:

  • Young bulls: 5,284;
  • Bulls: 995;
  • Steers: 11,051;
  • Cows: 8,066;
  • Heifers: 9,036;
  • Calves: 46;
  • Total: 34,478 (including 46 calves).

Throughput

  • Week commencing June 1st – 32,325 (including 44 calves)
  • Week commencing May 25th – 31,070 (including 21 calves);
  • Week commencing May 18th – 34,366 (including 44 calves);
  • Week commencing May 11th – 26,991 (including 74 calves);
  • Week commencing May 4th – 25,947 (including 413 calves);
  • Week commencing April 27th – 25,964 (including 309 calves);
  • Week commencing April 20th – 25,602 calves (including 473 calves);
  • Week commencing April 13th – 25,225 (including 739 calves);
  • Week commencing April 6th – 27,124 (including 418 calves);
  • Week commencing March 30th – 30,731 (including 1427);
  • Week commencing March 23rd – 35,607 (including 2,834 calves);
  • Week commencing March 16th – 37,898 (including 3,434 calves);
  • Week commencing March 9th – 38,957 (including 3,277 calves). 
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