Plants calling bluff as farmers hit road block in bid to sell prize bulls
The difference between U2 and U-grade bulls this week is that while everyone wants a piece of our world famous rock band following their Golden Globe success, no one seems to be eager to source U-grade, or indeed, any grade of bulls.
Farmers trying to sell are hitting stone walls with some plants quoting ridiculously low figures for them and others showing no interest at all.
However, this has been proved on a few occasions to be a case of calling bluff in an effort to get the farmer to accept any price, with more than one farmer telling me that when they didn't push the issue the factory then seemed to engage more intently and strike a deal.
In any event it is only the bulls under 16 months that appear to be hitting the €4/kg mark at the moment. The bulls closing in on the two years are ranging from 380c/kg to 390c/kg for the U grades and 370-380c/kg for the Rs.
Now I was quoted as low as 355c/kg for R bulls and 340c/kg for Os yesterday morning. Farmers are, however, getting between 350-360c/kg for the O grade bulls.
P bulls are making between 340-345c/kg. Bulls over two years or very heavy bulls are a very difficult sell currently.
Quotes and prices for the steers in-spec are generally at the €4/kg, with 390c/kg being quoted for out-of-spec bullocks. While 410c/kg is buying most of the heifers, some farmers are negotiating up to 415c/kg. Again, the out-of-spec heifer is back at the €4/kg.
The cull cow seems to be holding pretty firm, with 360c/kg being got for good heavy continental cows. In the main the Us are making from 340-360c/kg.