Cattle supplies in Northern Ireland tighten
According to the LMC, in the corresponding week last year 6,040 prime cattle were killed in Northern plants, representing a 23% decline year on year.
The LMC also notes that imports of prime cattle from the Republic last week for direct slaughter totalled 300 head with a further 70 prime cattle imported from Britain. Combined these accounted for 8% of prime cattle throughput in the Northern plants.
Meanwhile, cow throughput in Northern Ireland last week was similar to previous weeks with 1,366 cows slaughtered. A total of 76 cows were imported from the Republic last week for direct slaughter with a further 74 cows imported from Britain.
Cattle supplies at export meat plants in the Republic for the week ending July 4 stood at around 30,400 head, which was almost 14% higher than the equivalent week in 2013.
Latest data shows that cumulative supplies for the year to-date are running at over 102,000 head or almost 14% above the figures for the corresponding period last year. Cumulative supply of heifers continue to be up by around 18% on the corresponding period last year with steers and young bulls 16% and 15% higher respectively.