DEPT CHANGES TO CLASSIFICATION FAVOUR FACTORIES OVER FARMERS

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IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the proposal from the Department of Agriculture to change the equations in the classification machines at meat plants, which determine the conformation and fat score of cattle, rewards factories over farmers and is totally unacceptable.

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IFA President Joe Healy said the refusal of the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) to adjudicate on IFA’s complaint about adverts taken out by the Go Vegan movement means that such adverts are completely unregulated.

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Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members

  • Steer base €3.90/3.95/kg.
  • Heifers €4.00/4.05/kg.
  • Young Bulls O/R/U €3.50-3.60/3.70-3.80/3.80-3.90/kg.
  • Cows €3.10/3.60/kg.
  • In-spec bonus 12c/kg above base price.
  FACTORY BASE QUOTES C/KG
  Steers Heifers Cows
Dunbia 390 400 310 – 360
Kepak Athleague 390 400 310 – 360
Moyvalley Meats 390 400 310 – 360
Euro Farm Foods 390 400 310 – 360
ABP Clones 390 400  
Slaney Foods 390 400 310 – 360
Kepak Kilbeggan 390 400 310 – 360
Liffey Meats 390 400 310 – 360
Kildare Chilling 390 400 310 – 360
Dawn Ballyhaunis 390 400 310 – 360
Ashbourne Meats 390 400 310 – 360
Meadowmeats Rathdowney 390 400 310 – 360
Foyle Meats                               *+15c 300-380kgs 385* 390* 310 – 360
Charleville Foods 390 400 310 – 360
Kepak Watergrasshill 390 400 310 – 360
ABP Bandon 390 400 310 – 360
ABP Cahir 390 400 310 – 360
ABP Waterford 390 400 310 – 360
Dawn Grannagh 390 400 310 – 360
ABP Nenagh 390 400 310 – 360
Farmers should insist on payment on the day for their cattle

Once again cooler weather for this time of year has led to increased potato consumption over the last week. Prices in the peeling market, particularly for Rooster, are holding strong. The old crop appears to be in balance with current demand. Anything that is available to sell finds a market.  Recent stock survey shows that stock levels are quite low and are at a similar level to mid-July last year.

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At IFA’s first regional information meeting in Claremorris for livestock farmers on the €100m beef fund, there was backing for the six key principles that the IFA Livestock Committee and National Council set out for the distribution of the fund.

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