Factory quotes remain valid as Christmas beef death looms
Factory prices are in a stable position for this week, with livestock prices generally holding the same levels as last week overall.
The Christmas killings are set to begin soon, as orders increase and shoppers fill refrigerators with beef to prepare for the Christmas season.
Starting with heifers and a base price of € 4.20 / kg seems to be the general trend this week, with € 4.25 / kg still available on the higher end of the scale.
Looking at the steer price this week and € 4.15 – € 4.20 / kg, that’s the general trend here.
Breed premiums are still available for Angus and Hereford cattle and farmers should inquire about agreements on weight premiums and possible transport costs.
The demand for beef is strong, both domestically and abroad. The UK remains particularly concerned about beef and is expected to continue down this path as the Christmas season approaches and beyond.
Looking at the cow price, € 3.95 and € 3.85 / kg are offered for U and R grade cows respectively this week, with € 3.65 and € 3.55 / kg respectively for cows from O and P quality.
A well-fleshed cow that scores a ‘+’ in its respective grade can make more money and farmers should be aware of this when bringing cows to the factory.
Bulls under 24 months old again see a little more variation in prices and interest from processors across the country, with some factories having plenty of beef jobs, others citing “no interest at all” for them.
Despite this, processors cite a fixed price of € 4.10 and € 4.20 / kg for grade R and U grade bulls respectively, with good deals being made on bulls with appropriate weights and fat scores doing the job. “+” In their respective grades.
Finally, bulls under 16 months of age seem to settle at € 4.15 on the grid.
Last week’s mortality figures will be released tomorrow and it will be interesting to see if there has been a movement in the beef mortality figures.