Cattle Supplies

Factories ‘will likely have to give a little’ with cattle supplies tight

Factories ‘will likely have to give a little’ with cattle supplies tight

Cattle supplies remain tight and are likely to stay that way over the coming weeks, according to the Irish Cattle...

May 1, 2020

Factory trade: Buyers move tactically in advance of grass cattle

Factory trade: Buyers move tactically in advance of grass cattle

Factory buyers have made somewhat of a tactical move this week, as they begin to talk down the trade in...

June 18, 2018

Beef cattle supplies up 2.6% on 2017

Beef cattle supplies up 2.6% on 2017

Some 235,549 cattle have been slaughtered in Department of Agriculture approved beef export plants this year. When compared to the...

February 23, 2018

Cattle slaughterings at the highest point in the decoupled-payment era

Cattle slaughterings at the highest point in the decoupled-payment era

In line with industry predictions, the number of cattle slaughtered in Ireland exceeded the 1.7 million head mark in 2017....

January 3, 2018

Bumper beef kill: Supplies break 40,000 head for the first time in almost 10 years

Bumper beef kill: Supplies break 40,000 head for the first time in almost 10 years

Buoyed by a lack of fodder, increased factory demand and relatively strong prices, the number of cattle slaughtered in Department...

December 6, 2017

Supply update: Strong cattle numbers likely for the foreseeable future

Supply update: Strong cattle numbers likely for the foreseeable future

By Joe Burke, Bord Bia Livestock Sector Manager To date, this year, Irish cattle supplies have risen by more than...

September 16, 2017

Farmers hold out for more, as steer quotes drop to 375c/kg

Farmers hold out for more, as steer quotes drop to 375c/kg

There is mounting pressure on factories to pay more for beef cattle, as farmers are bargaining hard when it comes...

September 5, 2017

Beef cattle supplies pass the one million head mark

Beef cattle supplies pass the one million head mark

Over one million cattle have been slaughtered in Ireland so far this year, new figures show. Figures taken from the...

August 15, 2017

Beef price pressure intensifies, as supplies approach the one million head mark

Beef price pressure intensifies, as supplies approach the one million head mark

Beef cattle prices are coming under increased pressure this week, as factory agents continue to tighten their grip on the...

August 8, 2017

Beef price pull begins in earnest

Beef price pull begins in earnest

Beef cattle prices are under pressure as factories have moved to knock 5-10c/kg off steer and heifer base quotes. The...

July 31, 2017

Analysis: Why exports to Turkey are growing increasingly important to Irish beef farmers

Analysis: Why exports to Turkey are growing increasingly important to Irish beef farmers

Since the first boatload of Irish cattle were shipped to Turkey, in the autumn of last year, the market has...

July 29, 2017

Supply update: 2,300 extra cattle to be slaughtered each week

Supply update: 2,300 extra cattle to be slaughtered each week

Industry estimates suggest that an additional 100,000 cattle will be presented for slaughter over the duration of 2017. Already this...

June 30, 2017

Heifer prices pressing towards the 430c/kg mark

Heifer prices pressing towards the 430c/kg mark

Cattle supplies have remained relatively stable in recent weeks and, as a result, prices continue to harden in factories around...

June 6, 2017

Factories hold firm on quotes, but deals being done at higher prices

Factories hold firm on quotes, but deals being done at higher prices

There has been little movement in the prices factories are offering for steers and heifers, as many have opted to...

April 11, 2017

Upward movement in beef prices, as supplies tighten further

Upward movement in beef prices, as supplies tighten further

Beef cattle numbers have tightened considerably in recent weeks and, in a bid to secure supplies, procurement managers are offering...

March 28, 2017

A bit more bite to the beef trade as supplies tighten

A bit more bite to the beef trade as supplies tighten

Tightening beef cattle supplies, this week, have added a bit more bite to the beef trade with most processors opting...

March 14, 2017

Slight ease in beef cattle supplies but prices hold steady

Slight ease in beef cattle supplies but prices hold steady

Procurement managers have reported a slight ease in the number of cattle coming forward for slaughter this week. Despite the...

March 8, 2017

Supply/demand balance shifting back in the factories favour

Supply/demand balance shifting back in the factories favour

The supply and demand balance appears to be shifting back in the factories favour as cattle numbers are expected to...

February 7, 2017