Figures from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s database indicate that 37,698 cattle were slaughtered during the week commencing September 30th.
- Young bulls; 2,358;
- Bulls: 532;
- Steers: 17,089;
- Cows: 7,212;
- Heifers: 10,457.
38,849 cattle were presented for slaughtered during the corresponding period last year, while 37,056 cattle were processed during the week commencing Monday, September 23rd.
To date, over 1,308,835 cattle have been slaughtered, in comparison to 1,364,301 cattle slaughtered during this period last year.
Several farmers are facing difficulty getting cattle slaughtered, with a number of beef processing plants prioritising steers and heifers in a bid to prevent these from going overage; there was a noticeable increase in the number of cull cows processed last week.
Factories are quoting between €3.40-€3.45/kg for steers, while a base of up to €3.60/kg is being paid for heifers.
Quotes for cull cows are as low as €2.65/kg, with O grades falling between the €2.80-€2.90/kg bracket, while R grades are reportedly ranging from €3.00-€3.15/kg, with some plants paying €3.20/kg.