Cattle throughput to meat factories remains down compared to last year with 40,000 less cattle killed last week compared to the same time in 2014.

As of last week some 774,610 cattle were killed compared to 815,546 in the same week in 2104.

Figures from the Department of Agriculture show that the national beef kill remains below 30,000 this week with a cattle throughput of 29,071 to meat factories.

This latest number is down 2,077 from a throughput of 31,148 from the same week last year.

The national steer kill last week was almost level with the corresponding week last year with 10,180 steers killed last week compared to 10,185 last year.

The young bull kill remains below year earlier levels, with 3,295 young bulls killed last week compared to the 4,244 killed last year.

National cow and heifer kill numbers also remain below last years levels. Some 7,520 cows and some 7,298 heifers were killed last week.

This is down in comparison to the corresponding week last year when 8,113 cows and 7,517 heifers were killed.

The national bull kill is down too, with bull throughput at 739 last week compared to 1,045 last year.

Cattle trade

According to Bord Bia, the cattle trade has firmed with strong demand coupled with tight supplies reported.

It also says that trade is reported as strong in the UK and steady across Europe.

In its latest cattle price update, the IFA says factories are quoting a steer base €4.25/4.30/kg while heifers are being quoted ast €4.40/kg.