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IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell said the latest survey of the cost of fallen animal disposal carried out by IFA highlights the impact a lack of competition is having in some areas in exposing farmers to exorbitant and unjustified charges.

Pat Farrell said it is clear from the survey results that where meaningful competition exists, farmers have access to a competitively priced fallen animal disposal system. However, in areas dependent on a single service provider, the costs can be twice the national average.

Detailing some of the prices established in the survey, Pat Farrell said the average disposal costs for calves is €25, but ranges from €10 to as high as €50.

The average price for weanlings (6 to 12 months) is €53 with a huge price range from €20 to €75 per animal.

Pat Farrell said the most expensive category continues to be 24 to 48-month old animals, which are averaging just over €100. The cost ranges from €60 to a high of €130.

Pat Farrell said farmers who live in close proximity to a knackery are availing of much lower disposal costs where they can deliver their animals directly. Typically, in these cases, charges are €10 to €30 less than collected charges. “All farmers should have access to a competitively priced disposal system for fallen animals and he called on the Department of Agriculture to address the shortcomings in the current system.”

Check out this week cattle prices quoted or paid to IFA Members around the country.

  • Steer base €3.75/kg.
  • Heifers €3.85/kg.
  • Young Bulls O/R/U €3.35 – 3.80/kg.
  • Cows €2.60/3.40/kg.
  • In-spec bonus 12c/kg above base price.
 FACTORY BASE QUOTES C/KG
SteersHeifersCows
Dunbia375385260 - 320
Kepak Athleague375385260 - 320
Moyvalley Meats375385260 - 320
Euro Farm Foods375385260 - 320
ABP Clones375385-
Slaney Foods375385260 - 320
Kepak Kilbeggan375385260 - 320
Liffey Meats375385260 - 320
Kildare Chilling375385260 - 320
Dawn Ballyhaunis375385260 - 320
Foyle Meats *+10c 320-380kgs380*385*-
Ashbourne Meats375385260 - 320
Meadowmeats Rathdowney375385260 - 320
Charleville Foods375385260 - 300
Kepak Watergrasshill375385260 - 300
ABP Bandon375385260 - 300
ABP Cahir375385260 - 300
ABP Waterford375385260 - 300
Dawn Grannagh375385260 - 300
ABP Nenagh375385260 - 300

IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the statement by the EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker that the EU is ready to assist Irish farmers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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IFA President Joe Healy said the IFA will hold an intensive lobby of all TDs and Senators on the beef crisis in Dublin next Wednesday, February 13th. He said the crisis is due to multiple factors including poor prices, rising costs and reduced direct payments. This has been compounded by the weakness of sterling and the major uncertainty around Brexit.

Joe Healy said compared to this time last year, cattle prices are down by 20/25 cents per kg or €100/head. Cattle finishers with young bulls are facing price cuts of 40c/kg+ and finding it almost impossible to sell their stock.

The IFA President said urgent action is required now by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and the government to ensure the following:

A comprehensive package of market supports and direct aid for farmers from the EU Commission
EU state aid limitations on members states must be set-aside
Strong support for the live export trade to double numbers in 2019 and ensure that no further restrictions are imposed on the trade
Increased funding for suckler cows
Continue to resist a damaging Mercosur trade deal
Insist on an increase in the CAP budget, and
Challenge the meat factories to immediately increase prices and prioritise the young bull kill.

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said R3 grade young bulls in Ireland are reported at €3.71/kg for w/e Jan 19th.

“Compared to young bull prices across the main EU markets we are way behind with the Italian price at €4.55/kg inclusive vat, the German price at €4.05/kg, French bulls at €4.02/kg and the Spanish price at €3.98/kg,” said the IFA National Livestock Chairman.

“These figures indicate that Irish young bull producers are being short changed by up to 30c/kg compared to our European counterparts,” he said.
The IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said, “We made it very clear to Minister Creed at the IFA AGM last week that he must reconsider his approach, abandon his ‘wait and see attitude’ and get back out to Brussels to secure an immediate aid package for Brexit beef losses”.
Angus Woods said he met with senior EU Commission officials from DG Agri in Brussels last week and put forward a strong case for a Brexit aid package for Irish beef. In addition, he said IFA also met with senior officials in the Department of Agriculture on EU supports.
He said IFA has requested that for every 5c/kg change on the price, Minister Creed needs to secure €20 per head additional direct payment compensation.

Demand for feed remains subdued due to the benign weather conditions. Grass growth continues to remain strong and many animals are now out on grass for the time being at least. The demand for feed wheat remains reasonable however demand for barley remains weak and this is continuing to be a worry as the feeding season window narrows.

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