National beef kill back 75,000 head on last year

The national beef kill is now running 75,741 head behind 2014 levels, figures from the Department of Agriculture show.

The figures show that the weekly beef kill is back 6,195 head on the corresponding week in 2014.

As of October 19, 2015 the cumulative throughput of cattle stood at 1.2m head. This compares to the 2014 figure for the corresponding period when 1.3m head had been slaughtered.

The latest weekly beef kill figure stands at 30,609 head. Looking at the heifer kill, at Irish plants for the week commencing October 19, 6,933 head went to factories.

This is back 1,820 head on the corresponding week last year, the figures show.

Throughput of steers for the week commencing October 19, stood at 14,907 head; back 2,605 head from the 17,506 head that went to the factories in the corresponding week last year.

The national steer kill is up 20,360 head on 2014 levels.

The cow kill at plants last week totaled 6,339 head, back 1,800 on the corresponding week last year.

Looking at the bull kill, 450 head were slaughtered at plants last week, back 121 head on the corresponding week in 2014.

The young bull kill is up 284 head on the corresponding week in 2014 at 1,945 head.

Total live cattle exports fall 51,000 head

The total number of live weanling exports have dropped by 8,100 from January 1 to October 17, figures from the Department of Agriculture show.

These figures indicate that total live exports of these animals have dropped by 33%, however despite this drop it is not as severe as the drop experienced up to September 12, when 46% less weanlings were exported.

These figures from the Department of Agriculture and presented by Bord Bia also indicate that the total number of store cattle exports have also dropped by 53.7% or 19,391 head.

There has also been a substantial drop in finished cattle exports, with 39,507 of these animals exported to October 17, which represents a drop of 16.3% or 7,690 on the same period last year.

Total live cattle exports have also dropped by 24.5% which equates to 51,311 less cattle to October 17, this year, it says.

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