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In-spec finished cattle numbers ‘very tight’

Beef quotes are rising, with increases of 10-15c/kg witnessed in the last week.

Cattle prices are rising on the back of tighter supplies and stronger market demand across the EU, according to IFA national livestock chairman, Brendan Golden.

He said the re-opening of burger and manufacturing outlets and an increase in live exports are combining to lift the trade.

Base price

“Factories have increased the base price for some steers and heifers by between 10c/kg to 15c/kg in places over the last week, with some finishers commanding a base price of €3.55/3.60/kg.”

In general, the base price has moved from €3.40/kg for steers and heifers to €3.45/3.50/kg with some deals at €3.55/3.60/kg.

He said in-spec finished cattle are “gone very tight” and factories are having to pay more to get stock.

Cow prices 

Golden outlined that cow prices are up 20c to 30c/kg in places. “Last week, some factories were offering as low as €2.50/kg for P and O grade cows.”

“This stock has achieved €2.70 and €2.80/kg in some plants this week with immediate purchase and slaughter, reflecting the strong demand from burger and manufacturing plants.”

The live trade, he added, has also driven on young bull prices, together with much tighter supplies. R and U grade bulls are making €3.50/3.60/kg.

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