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Beef quotes rise as kill remains under 26,000 head

Beef prices have increased once again this week, with the base for steers now standing at €3.50-€3.55/kg and €3.60/kg for heifers, with reports of up to 5% higher. 

Last week, plants forked out a base of €3.40/kg for steers and €3.50/kg, with an additional 5c/kg reportedly paid by some.    

In terms of cull cows, quotes have risen slightly also this week, with €2.80/kg on the table for Ps and up to €2.90-€3.00/kg for Os; up to €3.10/kg is being quoted for Rs.

€3.40-€3.60/kg is reportedly available for young O/R/U bulls in a selective number of plants.

Beef kill

Figures from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s database show that last week’s beef kill stood at 25,946 (including 413 calves).

  • Young bulls: 2,217;
  • Bulls: 682;
  • Steers: 9,859;
  • Cows: 4,821;
  • Heifers: 7,955;
  • Veal: 413.

Throughput in recent weeks: 

  • Week commencing April 27th – 25,964 (including 309 calves);
  • Week commencing April 20th – 25,602 calves (including 473 calves);
  • Week commencing April 13th – 25,225 (including 739 calves);
  • Week commencing April 6th – 27,124 (including 418 calves);
  • Week commencing March 30th – 30,731 (including 1427);
  • Week commencing March 23rd – 35,607 (including 2,834 calves);
  • Week commencing March 16th – 37,898 (including 3,434 calves);
  • Week commencing March 9th – 38,957 (including 3,277 calves).
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