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Numbers game: The beef kill for the last week in March stood at 32,773

Numbers game: The beef kill for the last week in March stood at 32,773

Brian Farrell

Numbers game: The beef kill for the last week in March stood at 32,773

Base quotes for bullocks and heifers fell by another 10c/kg yesterday to €3.40/kg.

In the last three weeks, a minimum of 30c/kg has been wiped off the value to finishers of in-spec stock, meaning that we are now 5- 10c/kg below the lowest point of last autumn's beef protest.

So a 370kg heifer or steer carcase that averaged €1,369 before quality assurance is now returning €1,258 - a difference of €111.