Farmers sticking to their guns for deals of 336c/kg
By attempting to pull quotes by 3-6c/kg, the beef processors run the risk of becoming even more unpopular than our beleaguered Taoiseach.
And cattle numbers, while not as scarce as standing ministers at the moment, are down over 3,500hd compared to the corresponding week last year. Last week's kill was estimated at 28,400 animals.
The good news is that despite the usual game that the factories play when trying to entice farmers to sell, most of the cattle being killed this week have been bought at prices above what they are trying to quote.
Steer base quotes on the grid are generally at 330c/kg, with the plants buying off the grid also quoting this figure for the R grades.
Some farmers are negotiating prices of 336c/kg.
There is a bit more of a difference on the heifer quotes with a range of 336-342c/kg being offered. There are reports of a flat price of 342c/kg paid in the west for O+ and O grade heifers, while 347c/kg was paid for good quality underage heifers in the east of the country.
In-spec heifers being killed in Donegal have been bought at 361c/kg for the Us and 350c/kg for the R grades. Steers were making 3c/kg less. Out-of-spec stock are 11c/kg less.
Tops for U-grade young bulls seems to be 347c/kg, with this being the general quote around the country. Moyvalley is a bit behind at 336c/kg. R grades range from a low of 330c/kg in Moyvalley, up to a price of 342c/kg, which is available from the likes of Liffey and Kepak Clonee. Kepak Athleague is offering 336c/kg, with 333c/kg being quoted in some of the AIBP plants in the south. The O grades are making between 319c/kg and 325c/kg.