Beef plants are attempting to purchase prime cattle for 5c/kg less this week but farmers are being advised to “fight hard”.
In most factories, the base price for steers is stuck in gear at €3.60/kg-€3.65/kg with between €3.65-€3.70/kg for heifers.
It has been reported that some suppliers are securing a base price of up to €3.75/kg for heifers.
Quotes for young bulls are ranging from €3.60-€3.70/kg for U grades, with €3.50-€3.60/kg for Rs and in the region of €3.35-€3.40/kg for O grades.
In terms of cull cows, €2.80-€2.90/kg is available for P grades, €3.00/kg for O grades and €3.20/kg for Rs.
The national beef kill for the week commencing August 17th stood at 34,378 head (including 19 calves), according to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s database.
- Young bulls: 1,486;
- Bulls: 673;
- Steers: 16,928;
- Cows: 6,104;
- Heifers: 9,168.
Over 1.1 million cattle slaughtered
The inclusion of last week’s throughput brings the national kill for the year-to-date to 1,148,421 head, running 11,603 head behind the corresponding period in 2019.