Highest beef kill in 12 years predicted for 2017
Another bumper year for beef production is being forecast for 2017 with supplies set to be the highest since 2004.
According to figures seen by FarmIreland.ie cattle supplies in Ireland could be 120,000 head higher in 2017 at 1.75m on the back of increased calving’s from Ireland’s expanding dairy sector.
The figures which were presented by Bord Bia at last week's Beef Forum also show that the beef kill in 2016 is now estimated to be close to 1.64m head up as much as 80,000 on 2015. To date, in 2016 Irish cattle supplies are up 5.1pc or 68,500 head, according to the Bord Bia figures.
Bord Bia also presented the following figures on latest cattle numbers on Irish farms compared to 2015 as of September 1:
Current male cattle numbers
- 0-12 month + 44,000
- 12-24 are +71,000 head
- 24- 36 -24,000
Current female cattle numbers
- 0-12 +13,000
- 12-24 +51,000
- 24-36 +3,000
Cattle supplies at Irish export meat plants for the week ending November 12 totalled over 34,000 head which was 7pc higher compared to the corresponding week last year.
Cumulatively, supplies of young bulls are up 29pc compared to the equivalent period in 2015 while cows are up 10pc on 2015 numbers.