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Over 7,000 fewer cull cows slaughtered this year

1,086,539 head have been slaughtered in Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine-approved beef plants so far this year, according to its database.

The national beef kill for the year-to-date is running 26,240 head behind the corresponding period last year.

An analysis of data from the department shows that more steers and heifers have been processed than this time last year, while the number of mature bulls, young bulls and cows has declined. 

Breakdown

Category Year to date: 2020 Year to date: 2019

Change: 2020 VS 2019

Head: 

Steers 410,168 372,567 37,601
Cows 224,181 231,609 -7,428
Heifers 328,664 328,316 348
Young bulls  101,760 155,031 -53,271
Mature bulls 21,766 25,256 -3,490
Total 1,086,539 1,112,779 -26,240

[Data source: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine]

Note: The above does not include beef throughput figures for the week commencing Monday, August 17th. 

Image source: Gortatlea Mart 

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