Beef prices rising as cattle supplies fall 8%

Beef prices are rising according to the IFA’s latest cattle price update.

It reports stronger demand from processors this week, with factories paying 5-10c/kg above quotes. Meanwhile, beef supplies were down 8% last week on the same week last year.

IFA cattle price update

  • Steer base €4.10/kg-€4.20/kg.
  • Heifers €4.20/kg-€4.30/kg.
  • Bulls €3.90/kg-€4.05/kg-€4.20/kg-€4.30/kg.
  • Cows €3.50/kg-€4.05/kg.
  • In-spec bonus 12c/kg on top of base price.

The latest cattle supplies at export meat plants for the week ending May 16 stood at around 29,000 head which was 8% behind supplies for the same week last year.

Cumulative supplies for the year to date are down around 3% on supplies for the corresponding period last year at around 607,000 head.

Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members

FACTORY BASE QUOTES C/KG
Steers Heifers Cows
Dunbia 410/415 420 350 – 400
Kepak Athleague 410/415 420/425 350 – 395
Moyvalley Meats 410/415 420/425 350 – 390
Dawn Ballyhaunis 410 415 340 – 395
Euro Farm Foods 410 420 350 – 390
Slaney Foods 410/415 420/425 350 – 390
Kepak Kilbeggan 410/415 420/425
Liffey Meats 405 415 340 – 390
Kildare Chilling 410 420 345 – 375
ABP Clones 405 415
Ashbourne Meats 410 420 330 – 380
Meadowmeat Rathdowney 410 420 330 – 380
Charleville Foods 410/415 420/425 350 – 390
Kepak Watergrasshill 410/415 420/425 350 – 390
ABP Bandon 410/415 420/425 350 – 390
ABP Waterford 410/415 420/425 350 – 390
Dawn Grannagh 410/415 420/425 350 – 390
ABP Nenagh 410/415 420/425 350 – 390

According to Bord Bia little change has was reported in the cattle trade last week with some tightening in supplies reported.

However it says a mixed trade was reported across our key export markets.

The majority of steers were being purchased last week at a base price of between €4.10/kg and €4.15/kg on the Quality Payment System while heifers were being purchased on average at a base of around €4.20/kg with selected lots achieving higher prices.

These prices exclude bonuses payable on in-spec QA animals. Prices paid for O grade cull cows are generally making between €3.50/kg and €3.70/kg.

In Britain, Bord Bia says reported cattle prices from the AHDB for GB R4L grade steers averaged 338.3p/kg (equivalent to 467.91c/kg) for the week ended May 9. It says the trade has eased somewhat due to a slowdown in demand.

In France, little change has been reported in the trade with on going promotions centred on roasts, fillets and sirloins.

In Italy, the trade continues to be underpinned by a rise in competition and a slowdown in consumption with demand best for cheaper cuts. It is hoped that promotions will help the trade over the coming week.

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