DAFF report's price comparisons are fairer than that of MII
The prices used in the Farming Independent report were taken from the Department of Agriculture (DAFF)/Bord Bia report on cattle prices up to early October. This was the latest available data at the time of writing.
The prices to October 31 were not available for several days later and therefore any increase/change occurring post the assessed date, while minimal either way, could not have been taken into account.
The average paid in Ireland for O4 steers up to early October was 272.08c/kg. The price for 2008 was an average of 272.8c/kg. The challenge to this figure does not specify any fat score.
There was no reference made to 2005 prices which was six seasons ago. The 2006 price was, as stated, more than the 2010 price.
There was no comparison made with Irish 2009 prices, because the 2009 average included some prices which were paid under the quality payment system (QPS). The last full year of the 'flat' price system was 2008.
The comparison showed a widening, as previously stated, from 11.5c/kg to 31.8c/kg for O4 steers and 6.5c/kg to 26c/kg for O3 steers.
The change for O3 heifers was from less than 1c/kg to 17.8c/kg and for O4 heifers from 5 c/kg to 24.7 c/kg.