Figures from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s database show that 39,981 cattle were processed during the week commencing February 17th.
- Young bulls: 4,252;
- Bulls: 690;
- Steers: 13,385;
- Cows: 7,019;
- Heifers: 11,458.
37,812 cattle were slaughtered during the corresponding week last year.
Factories are quoting a base price of €3.65-€3.70/kg for steers, while a base of €3.70-€3.75/kg is being paid for heifers.
Young bulls, O/R/U grades are ranging from €3.40/€3.70/kg, depending on the plant, while between €2.90-€3.45/kg is being forked out for cull cows.