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Beef & Sheep Update 14th May

Cattle and Sheep in Wicklow field

Beef Update

IFA National Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden said cattle supplies are extremely tight. 

Base prices for steers are ranging from €4.10 to €4.15/kg, with heifers ranging from €4.15 to €4.20/kg, higher prices are available for larger lots.

 He said cull cows are starting at €3.30/kg for P grades and moving upwards depending on numbers, O grades are ranging from €3.60 to €3.75/kg with R and U grades from €3.70 to €3.90/kg. 

Young Bulls are making €4.10/4.15/kg base for U 16 months with R and U grade bulls under 24 months €4.10 to €4.30/kg.

Beef Price Update 13/05/21

Steer base €4.10/4.15kg. Heifers €4.15/4.20kg. Higher deals larger lots. Market strong. Y Bulls R/U €4.10/4.30kg. Cows €3.30/3.90kg.

Supply Figures as Reported by DAFM  – Week 18 (09.05.2021)

AnimalNumberChange prev. wk.% of totalYTDYTD Change
Y Bulls2,421▲1469%51,161▼-15,124 
Steer10,099▼-817 36%202,710▼-9,241 
Heifer8,052▼-548 28%169,751▼-18,934 
Veal-V6▼-344 0%20,449▼-5,415 
Veal-Z15▼-18 0%745▲98
Total28,319▼-468 100%566,107▼-47,770 

Official Irish Prices as Reported by DAFM – Week 18 (09.05.2021)

c/kg (Incl. VAT)U3Changeprev wkR3Changeprev wkO3Changeprev wkP+3Changeprev wk
Y Bulls432▲4417▲3398▲2390▼-1 

Official GB Prices as Reported by AHDB

 SteersSteersHeifersHeifersY bullY bullCow
Change▼-1 ▼-2 ▼-2 ▼-3 ▼-1 ▼-8 ▼-1 
Price in c/kg(Incl VAT)505.4511.7504.5510.9500.1500.1363.6

Euro Price for the Most Recent Week (€/KG Deadweight excl. VAT)

Country & Type27.04.201925.04.202024.04.2021
EU + Y Bulls€ 3.63€ 3.44€ 3.83
IE + Steers€ 3.70€ 3.40€ 4.04
UK + Steers € 4.03€ 3.70€ 4.69
Source: Bord Bia

Sheep Update

IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman Sean Dennehy said QA hoggets are making €7.40-7.50/kg, with deals to €7.60/kg. 

Spring lambs are currently making €8.00-8.30/kg with weights to 21.5kg. Higher deals are available for groups and larger lots.  Cull ewes are making from €3.20-€3.50/kg. “Factory demand is strong with numbers remaining tight”. 

He said the mart trade continues to strengthen, with strong competition for the limited supply available. Farmers should sell hard, while moving lambs as they become fit.

Lamb Price Update 13/05/21

QA Hoggets €7.40/7.60kg. Spring Lamb €8.00/8.30kg. Deals on. Weight to 21.5kg. Numbers tight. Ewes €3.20/3.50kg.

Supply Figures as Reported by DAFM – Week 18 (09.05.2021)

AnimalFigureChangeYTDYTD Change
Lambs/Hoggets18,307▼-2,040 661,177▼-80,243 
Spring Lambs20,194▲4,79753,040▲21,174
Ewes and Rams6,434▼-201 97,154▼-7,815 
Light Lambs0▼-2 96▲72

Official Irish Prices as Reported by DAFM – Week 18 (09.05.2021)

c/kg (Incl. VAT)WK 18Changeprev wk2020Changeprev yr
National Avg Price745.75▲15565.8▲180
YTD Avg676.02▲4521.61▲154

Official GB Prices as Reported by AHDB

 R3L Overall SQQ*Type of lamb
01.05.2021649.8644.3Old season
08.05.2021658.8652.9Old season
Price in c/kg(Incl VAT)808.9801.7 
Source: Bord Bia

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