IFA national livestock chairman, Brendan Golden, is advising farmers to bargain hard when selling cattle.
He said UK prices have increased slightly this week and there is good demand in both Northern Ireland and the UK.
“The market is strong, and demand is good, with agents actively seeking animals. €3.65-€3.70/kg is being paid out and farmers should continue to fight hard for price,” he said.
He described trade in marts as “very positive” and said that weanling sales are “off to a good start”.
Beef Finisher Payment
The livestock chairman also reminded farmers who qualify for the Beef Finisher Payment scheme to apply.
“We want the €50m out to farmers as quickly as possible. The closing date is Sept 9th and I would encourage farmers to get their applications in promptly.” he concluded.