IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said cattle numbers are tighter this week and prices are steady at a base of €3.80 for steers and €3.90 for heifers, with some top prices of €3.95/kg paid for heifers.
He said young bulls are making €3.65/3.70 for Os, €3.80 for Rs and €3.90 for U grades. He said O grade cows are making up to €3.25 with R grades up to €3.45/kg.
The IFA Livestock leader said the official Department of Agriculture prices for week ending Feb 19th show that the average price paid for R3 steers was €3.89/kg and for heifers was €4.01/kg. He pointed out that these prices included bonuses but are the average meaning that the factories actually paid more for half of the cattle purchased. He said the young bull prices were U3 €3.93/kg, R3 €3.80/kg and O3 €3.65/kg. Cows made €3.59/kg for Us, €3.43 for Rs, €3.21 for Os and €3.08 for P+s.
Official DAFM Beef Prices for w/e Feb 19th in c/kg incl. vat.