Bullock prices break through €4/kg barrier
IN the week of the Aintree Grand National the big psychological fence of €4/kg for bullocks was jumped yesterday morning as numbers tightened. You won’t get your typical factory agent ringing you up and saying €4.00 is available.
He is more likely to quote something on the lines of €390-3.95/ kg so what you do at that point is up to you.
Types, ages and specs all play their part in negotiations and we are not yet at the point where factory bosses are willing to throw that particular rule book out the widow.
For heifers, the base price is now set at €4.05/kg, with €4.10 reported on a number of deals last week. Bull numbers are running behind last year’s levels by about 10pc and this helped push the price of 24-month old stock onto €4.00/kg for U grades, with Rs selling from €390-3.95/ kg and Os on €3.80—3.85/kg.
The IFA’s Angus Woods was even more positive, quoting me a flat price of €4.05/kg as having been paid for mixed loads of R and U grade 24 month bulls.
He also stated that a “top base prices of €4.15/€4.18” for heifers had been paid, but some of that price may have come in the form of free transport with no clipping charges Bulls under 16 months are on a base price from €3.90-3.95.
Cow prices — the barometer that many set the temperature of the Irish factory trade by — continue to rise with reports that R grades are now trading as high as €3.60/kg in some places, leaving your O grades at €3.35-3.40/kg, and the better P+3 grade up to €3.25/kg.