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Cattle Trade & Prices

Date: 21/11/2014 

Steady demand and some tightening in supply continues to underpin the cattle trade. There has seen some improvement in trade across our key export markets.

Prices have increased this week across most categories. The majority of steers were purchased at a base price of between €3.80 and €3.85/kg on the Quality Payment System. Heifers were being purchased on average between €3.85 and €3.90/kg. These prices exclude the €0.12/kg bonus which is payable on in-spec QA animals. Prices paid for O grade cull cows are generally making between €3.10 to €3.25/kg.

Cattle supplies at export meat plants for the week ending 15th November stood at around 27,000 head, which was down 16% on the figure for the equivalent week in 2013. Cumulative supplies for the year to date are 10% or 132,000 head above the figures for the corresponding period last year currently standing at 1.45 million head.

In Britain, reported cattle prices from the AHDB have increased with GB R4L grade steers averaging at Stg 365.9 pence/kg dw (equivalent to 458.0 cent/kg dw) for the week ended 15th November. Demand has seen some increase, particularly for round cuts with retail volumes rising on the back of seasonal promotions.

In France the market remains steady on the back of an on going promotional campaign. Retail promotions are taking place across a range of cuts such as tongues, featherblades and shanks. Little change was reported in the Italian market.

In France the R3 young bull price was up 4c to €3.64/kg and the O3 cow price was down 5c to €3.00/kg
In Italy the R3 young bull price was up 12c to €3.67/kg and the O3 cow price was down 2c to €2.42/kg



Ireland Meat Plant Prices(€/kg dw excluding VAT)

Week Ending % Change Average to Date % Ch
Cattle 16.11.2013 15.11.2014 Prev.Week Prev.Year 2013 2014
Steers O3 3.67 3.45 1.8 -6.0 3.92 3.50 -10.7
O4 3.68 3.45 1.8 -6.2 3.93 3.52 -10.4
R3 3.87 3.65 1.4 -5.7 4.10 3.69 -10.0
R4 3.86 3.64 1.7 -5.7 4.09 3.67 -10.3
U3 3.97 3.78 1.9 -4.8 4.19 3.78 -9.8
Young Bulls O3 3.61 3.33 0.3 -7.8 3.82 3.22 -15.7
R3 3.85 3.64 2.0 -5.5 4.03 3.52 -12.7
U3 3.92 3.70 0.8 -5.6 4.11 3.61 -12.2
Heifers O3 3.84 3.57 2.0 -7.0 4.07 3.59 -11.8
O4 3.81 3.55 1.4 -6.8 4.07 3.60 -11.5
R3 4.02 3.74 1.1 -7.0 4.28 3.79 -11.4
R4 4.00 3.71 1.4 -7.2 4.26 3.77 -11.5
Cows O3 3.06 3.08 0.7 0.7 3.32 2.91 -12.3
O4 3.08 3.09 0.3 0.3 3.34 2.93 -12.3
R3 3.35 3.31 0.9 -1.2 n.a. n.a. n.a.