IFA National Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden said the flow of finished cattle had tightened dramatically with factories and agents chasing hard to get stock. They are offering up to 10c/kg over quoted prices to secure deals.
He said top base prices of €3.80/kg to is being paid lift in-spec stock. The range on the base price is €3.70/3.75 on steers and €3.70/3.80/kg on heifers.
“With an abundance of grass, excellent thrive and rising prices, farmers are back in control, demanding higher prices and in no rush to sell. Based on the major increase in price returns from our main export market (the UK), there is room for factories to increase prices a lot more.”
The latest data from the UK shows that cattle prices have increased dramatically over the last two months of May and June, up by the equivalent of almost 40c/kg.
Brendan Golden said, “The Department of Agriculture official figures on cattle supplies from the AIMS data show that beef cattle numbers on farms on May 1st are down 93,000 head compared to last year. This reduction means finished cattle numbers will be tighter over the coming weeks and months”.