37,893 cattle were slaughtered during the week commencing Monday, October 21st, according to data from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).
- Young bulls: 2,882;
- Bulls: 497;
- Steers: 16,604
- Cows: 7,080;
- Heifers: 10,800.
- Cumulative kill: 1,422,557.
Figures from the DAFM’s database indicates that 38,452 cattle were presented for slaughter during the same period last year.
Once again, this week, a number of factories are prioritising steers and heifers and cattle at risk of going over-age, with beef cattle on a waiting list for processing.
It appears that base prices for steers and heifers are unchanged this week, with €3.45/kg being quoted for steers and between €3.50-€3.55/kg for heifers with one processor quoting €3.60/kg.
In the line of young bulls, prices are varied, with quotes ranging from €3.20-€3.55/kg.
Up to €2.60/kg is being offered for P grade cull cows, with up to €3.00/kg being offered by a number of plants for R grade cows.