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Catherina Cunnane hails from a fifth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the company in 2015.
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€4.57-€4.67/kg: Break-even price weanling-to-beef finishers need

According to Teagasc, weanling-to-beef steer and heifer finishers will require up to €4.67/kg to break-even in 2022.

The state agency has published budgets for winter finishing steers, weanling-to-beef for heifers and steers, bull beef and an autumn-to-autumn steer system.

Its weanling-to-beef budget looks at purchasing a 300kg continental steer and a 280kg continental heifer.

According to Teagasc’s Aidan Murray, given weanling prices and the length of keep involved, it is harder to estimate a potential return with this system.

“You are trying to forecast a high beef price in 12 to 18 months’ time,” he remarked.

The state agency highlighted that finishers must maximise performance at grass and minimise the indoor feeding period on silages to control costs.

It acknowledged that this system requires high management levels at all stage. Poor management can result in high veterinary and medical bills.

Also, in this system, animals are sensitive to ADG over 450-500-day period.

Weanling-to-beef finishers 

  Bullocks Heifers
Purchase weight October (kg) 300 280
Feeding period days – first winter

–        At grass

 

–        Second winter

 

Silage required for 2 winters (in T)

 

Meals – first winter (kg/head/day)

 

–        Second winter (kg/head/day)

160

 

200

 

125

 

9

 

1

 

4.75

160

 

150

 

60 (at grass)

 

3.5

 

1

 

3

Liveweight at sale (kgs) 685 550
Age at slaughter (in months) 24 20
Carcass weight (kgs) 377 296
Purchase weight 300 280
Assumed purchase price (€/100kg liveweight) 294 307
Purchase price (€/head) 882 860
Plus costs: €/head

 

–        Variable costs

–        Fixed costs

 

 

 

631

238

 

 

 

327

168

Total costs (€) 869 495
Break-even selling price required (€/head) 1751 1355
Break-even selling price required (€/kg carcass) 4.64

Spring 2023

4.57

November/December 2022

Impact of autumn 2021 price on break-even price required
  Bullocks Heifers
Lower weanling prices autumn 2021:

–        € per 100kg liveweight

–        Breakeven price required €/kg carcass

 

 

284

 

4.57

 

 

297

 

4.47

Assumed weanling price autumn 2021:

–        € per 100kg liveweight

–        Breakeven price required €/kg carcass

 

 

 

294

 

4.64

 

 

 

307

 

4.57

Higher weanling prices autumn 2021:

–        € per 100kg liveweight

–        Breakeven price required €/kg carcass

 

 

304

 

4.73

 

 

317

 

4.67

 

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