POSITIVE FIRST STEPS AT TB FORUM MEETING

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IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell welcomed the contribution of the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue to the TB Forum meeting today, and the interest shown by the Minister in attending the full meeting.

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IFA President Tim Cullinan said Taoiseach Micheál Martin must use today’s EU summit to raise the very serious implications of the UK stance on Brexit for our farming and food sector.

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Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members.

  • Steer base €3.60 – 3.65/kg.
  • Heifer base €3.60 – 3.70/kg.
  • Young Bulls R/U €3.40- €3.70kg.
  • Cows €3.00/3.50/kg.
  • In-spec bonus 20c/kg for under 30 months and 8c/kg for 30 to 36 months.
  • 12c/kg bonus for under 30 month steers and heifers grading O- and those with a fat class of 4+ that meet all other in spec criteria.
FACTORY BASE QUOTES C/KG
Steers Heifers Cows
Dawn Slane 360 360/365 300 – 350
Kepak Athleague 360 360/365 300 – 340
Moyvalley Meats 360 360 290 – 330
Euro Farm Foods 360 360/365 300 – 350
ABP Clones 360 360/365
Liffey Meats 360 360/365 300 – 340
Slaney Foods 360 360/365 300 – 340
Kepak Kilbeggan 360 360/365 300 – 340
Dawn Ballyhaunis 360 360/365 300 – 340
Foyle Meats *including 10c 300-380kg 370* 375* 300 – 340
Ashbourne Meats 360 360/365 300 – 350
Meadowmeats Rathdowney 360 360/365 290 – 340
Charleville Foods 360 360/365 290 – 340
Kepak Watergrasshill 360 360/365 290 – 340
ABP Bandon 360 360/365 290 – 340
ABP Cahir 360 360/365 290 – 340
ABP Waterford 360 360/365 290 – 340
Dawn Grannagh 360 360/365 290 – 340
ABP Nenagh 360 360/365 290 – 340

Farmers should insist on payment on the day for their cattle.

Although weather conditions have improved growers are facing additional setbacks due to reduced yields and skin set issues. Reports from growers suggest that main-crop yields are well below average this year. Poor skin set appears to be a problem for a lot of growers and some growers have halted liftings due to this problem. The food service sector remains under significant pressure as more counties face level three restrictions.

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The Irish pig price remains stable with farmers reporting receiving a price of between €1.60c/kg and up to €1.62c/kg. While this price is only a few cents per kilo above break even cost, and it is 40c/kg below the 2020 predicted price for pigs, it remains a relatively good price in comparison to the EU average price.

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