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Beef & Sheep Update 30th April

Cattle and Sheep in Wickow Field

Beef Update

IFA Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue that buyers can return to the mart ring from Mon, May 17th. “This is an important part of the re-opening of the country and it will help the normal flow of trade in marts, along with the online facilities that will remain in place,” he said. IFA raised the issue of allowing buyers and sellers into the marts at a recent meeting with the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. He said the phased return to the normal operation of marts is a recognition of the responsible actions of farmers and marts throughout the lockdowns. He reminded everybody attending the marts to adhere strictly to the public health guidelines and controls that will be in place.

Beef Price Update 29/04/2021

Steer base €4.05/4.10kg. Heifers €4.15/4.20kg. Higher deals larger lots. Market strong. Y Bulls R/U €4.10/4.30kg. Cows €3.30/85kg.

Supply Figures as Reported by DAFM – Week 16 (25.04.2021)

AnimalNumberChange prev. wk.% of totalYTDYTD Change
Y Bulls2,183▲37%46,465▼-15,325 
Veal-V310▼-398 1%20,093▼-5,036 
Veal-Z57▼-16 0%697▲90

Official Irish Prices as Reported by DAFM – Week 16 (25.04.2021)

c/kg (Incl. VAT)U3Changeprev wkR3Changeprev wkO3Changeprev wkP+3Changeprev wk
Y Bulls420▲6411▲9394▲6385▲2

Official GB Prices as Reported by AHDB

 SteersSteersHeifersHeifersY bullY bullCow
Price in c/kg(Incl VAT)499.0504.8499.2505.5495.0497.3358.4

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

Country & Type20.04.201918.04.202017.04.2021
EU + Y Bulls€ 3.62€ 3.44€ 3.80
IE + Steers€ 3.66€ 3.41€ 3.97
UK + Steers € 4.01€ 3.74€ 4.66

Live Exports W/C 12.04.2021

Sheep Update

FA Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy led an IFA delegation to meet ICM yesterday following the importation of 23t of sheep meat on Monday morning, which coincided with factories dropping the price of lamb. He said factory management were left in no doubt that undermining prices by importing product to fill orders will not be tolerated. He said factory management assured the meeting this product is re-exported, is fully compliant with the regulatory labelling requirements; and does not carry the Bord Bia QA logo. Sean Dennehy said It is up to our competent authorities – the DAFM and Bord Bia – to assure farmers this product is not misrepresented as Irish sheep meat.

Lamb Price Update 29/04/2021

QA Hoggets €7.20/7.50kg. Spring Lamb €7.60/8.00kg. Higher deals for groups and larger lots. Strong demand. Ewes €3.00/3.30kg.

Supply Figures as Reported by DAFM – Week 16 (25.04.2021)

AnimalFigureChangeYTDYTD Change
Lambs/Hoggets25,217▼-12,356 622,523▼-56,338 
Spring Lambs8,317▲3,07217,449▲6,466
Ewes and Rams5,983▲98484,085▼-8,722 
Light Lambs4▼-1 94▲76
TOTAL39,521▼-8,301 724,151▼-58,518 

Official Irish Prices as Reported by DAFM – Week 16 (25.04.2021)

c/kg(Incl. VAT)This week Change prev wk2020Change prev yr
National Avg Price766.91▼-12 567.27▲200
YTD Avg668.24▲7514.64▲154

Official GB Prices as Reported by AHDB

 R3L Overall SQQ*Type of lamb
17.04.2021683.9679.5Old season
24.04.2021680.3674.2Old season
Change▼-4 ▼-5  
Price in c/kg825.7818.3 

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