U-grade slaughters down 10pc
The percentage of U-grade animals slaughtered at the meat plants during the second quarter of the year has fallen sharply compared to the first quarter.
The number of U-grade cattle killed between April 1 and the end of June fell by 10pc, relative to the period from January 1 to March 31.
However, when compared to the second quarter of 2009, the percentage of P+3 grade steers almost doubled at individual factories.
Official figures for the second quarter of the year for the overall kill and individual factories were released by the Department of Agriculture and Food this week.
The overall national kill for the second quarter of 2010 has shown an increase of 7pc in the number of steers falling into O-grade and a decline of 4pc in R-grade steers.
The percentage of U-grade animals declined by 10pc for the second quarter of the year but still remains 23pc higher than 209.
One of the most significant changes during the last quarter was the increase in percentage of P+3 steers at individual factories compared to the same period in 2009.
Individual factories recorded increases of between 25pc and 95pc in the percentage of the steer kill falling into P+3 grade.