Trade remains lively for all quality lots anf hoggets peak

The meat industry is still being affected by the problem of horse DNA turning up in beef products throughout the world and was obviously a practice carried out by many factories involved in the beef trade.

The meat industry is still being affected by the problem of horse DNA turning up in beef products throughout the world and was obviously a practice carried out by many factories involved in the beef trade.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that the multi-national supermarkets have been putting pressure on meat suppliers to cut costs as they were not prepared to pay the real cost of growing meat. Due to world wide rises in the cost of feed animals are an expensive commodity to raise and the producer will have to get a decent return if they are to continue in the business. Even allowing for all the negative press that the meat industry has been getting it should be stated that horse meat is not harmful so the real problem is labelling issue. Ireland was the first country to discover that beef contained traces of horse DNA and should give confidence to meat buyers that we take any wrong labelling very seriously. Ireland has an unique advantaged over other livestock producing countries in that our grass base animals are the most wholesome in the world. Thursdays cattle sale was somewhat bigger than the week before with 750 on offer. Trade remains lively for all quality lots but the scarcity of grass is putting some pressure on the price of plain Friesian cattle. These animals may well prove value as if the weather settles and grass starts to become more plentiful demand should increase. The present spell of dry weather is to be welcomed even though due to the nightly frost grass is scarce but it does give farmers who are under pressure due to shortage of space an opportunity to let out cattle onto a firmer sod. Here’s hoping for an early spring and much better summer than 2012.

The sheep trade due to shortage of numbers has improved with hoggets peaking at €115 for 54kg which an increase of €12 per head on prices of 4 weeks ago.There was a bit better news for breeding sheep with a ewe with two lambs at foot making €250 per unit.The calf sale again saw bigger number on offer with plain Friesian bulls harder to sell due to less customers.A larger number of Dairy animals showed some lots reduced by €100 to €150 per head on last weeks returns. This week’s cattle sale will include a special section for weanlings. On Thursday, March 7 in conjunction with our general cattle sale we hold a special suckler sale of an entire herd of in-calf sucklers of over 30 head plus 35 autumn calved cows with calves at foot comprising of mainly bulls. This sale will kick off at 2pm. Until next week be good to each other and good buying, good selling and good luck.

Sheep

Butchers Lambs €54 to €61 over the kilo €1.98 to €2.16 per kilo

No. Wt.(kg) €/kg Price(€)

10 58 €1.98 115

23 54 €2.13 115

45 51 €2.08 106

36 49 €2.16 106

Factory Lambs €45 to €57 over the kilo €2.00 to €2.19 per kilo

No. Wt.(kg) € / kg Price(€)

12 48 €2.19 105

14 46 €2.04 94

10 45 €2.09 94

10 44 €2.09 92

Store Lambs €27 to €52 over the kilo €1.75 to €2.24 per kilo

No. Wt.(kg) Price(€)

8 42 €2.24 94

8 41 €2.07 85

10 37 €1.89 70

8 35 €1.77 62

Cast Ewes - €45 to €108 per head

Breeding Ewes - Ewes with lambs at foot €180 to €250 per head

Calves

Friesian Bulls - 2nd types €50 to €115 1st €120 to €255; Continental Bulls €280 to €520 per head; Continental Heifers €160 to €310 per head; A.Angus/Hfd Bulls €180 to €300 per head; A.Angus/Hfd Heifers €140 to €270 per head

Dairy Stock - Fresh Calved Friesian Cows/ Heifers €900 to €152 per head

Cattle

600 kg + €620 to €900 over the kilo €1.80 to €2.50 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

2 AA 705 €2.27 €1,600

5 AA 680 €1.99 €1,355

1 Herf 665 €2.02 €1,340

2 Sim 605 €2.32 €1,405

500 - 600 kg €520 to €890 over the kilo €1.60 to €2.65 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

2 Fr 595 €2.02 1,200

2 BB 580 €2.41 1,400

4 Char 545 €2.63 1,435

2 AA 530 €2.30 1,220

400 - 500 kg €420 to €795 over the kilo €1.60 to €2.70 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

2 Cont 490 €2.62 €1,285

3 AA 485 €2.19 €1,060

4 Lim 420 €2.55 €1,070

8 Char 405 €2.69 €1,090

<400 kg €340 to €710 over the kilo €3.00 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

3 Cont 390 €2.44 €950

4 Herf 365 €2.41 €880

2 Char 325 €2.54 €825

2 Lim 275 €3.02 €830

Cull Cows - Cont €1.50 to €2.00 per kilo; Fr €0.95 to €1.75 per kilo

Beef Heifers €630 to €900 over the kilo €1.90 to €2.60 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

1 Char 740 €2.14 €1,580

1 Cont 630 €2.03 €1,280

1 Sim 570 €2.39 €1,360

1 Lim 555 €2.45 €1,360

Butcher Heifers €500 to €800 over the kilo €2.05 to €2.60 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. Price(€)

3 AA 570 €2.11 1,200

1 Sim 545 €2.37 1,290

1 Cont 495 €2.04 1,010

2 Char 480 €2.60 1,250

Store Heifers €330 to €600 over the kilo €1./90 to €2.80 per kilo

No. Breed Wt. €/kg Price(€)

3 AA 425 €1.91 €810

1 Sim 380 €2.45 €930

1 Lim 365 €2.16 €790

5 Cont 310 €2.63 €815