Ship­pers gear up for live trade re­bound

Irish Independent - Farming - - BEEF RINGSIDE -

THE ex­port trade is start­ing to pick up with ship­pers again showing in­ter­est in bull wean­lings un­der 10 months up to 350kg says Glen Cooper of Moun­trath Mart.

Nelius McAuliffe of Din­gle Mart has also noted in­creased ship­per ac­tiv­ity. Turkey, Hol­land and Spain are ru­moured to be among the pos­si­ble fi­nal des­ti­na­tions for 270-280kg wean­ling heifers cur­rently be­ing sourced by some of his ship­per clients.

All of the above brought a tinge of good news to the mart front last week where weather and ground con­sid­er­a­tions played a key role in set­ting the tone for those whose busi­ness is sum­mer graz­ing.

While there was a bounce in prices among the bul­locks a fort­night ago, last week saw this price dampen as the weather once again played a role.

Heifer trade

The story on the heifer side was more pos­i­tive with mod­est av­er­age in­creases of 1-2c/kg recorded between 400-599kg, while the 600kg+ heifer im­proved by a tidy 7c/kg which is €42/hd on av­er­age. The lighter 350-399kg heifer how­ever, didn’t fare so well fall­ing back by 7c/kg or from €24-28/hd.

While the heifer price has moved up and down with reg­u­lar­ity it has done so within fairly tight bands.

For ex­am­ple your 400-499kg heifer av­er­aged €2.27/kg the week end­ing March 3 and last week she also av­er­aged €2.27/ kg. That same week in March the 500-599kg heifer av­er­aged €2.19/kg, while last week that fig­ure was only 5c/kg bet­ter at €2.24/kg.

The price of your 600kg heifer is far­ing con­sid­er­ably bet­ter. Last week it av­er­aged at €2.30/ kg com­pared to €2.06/kg eight weeks ago, which is a €144/hd im­prove­ment. This im­prove­ment is log­i­cal given that fac­tory prices over the same pe­riod have im­proved by up to 20c/kg.

At the other end of the weight spec­trum the 350-399kg light heifer is not hav­ing the best time of it. Last week her av­er­age price of €2.23/kg was 27kg be­low the €2.50/kg paid in late Fe­bru­ary/ early March.

Turn­ing to the bul­lock trade, prices last week eased back on av­er­age by between 2-4c/kg. The Ringside ta­ble for last week shows that on av­er­age your 300399kg an­i­mal, at €2.16/kg is only 6c/kg bet­ter off than he was two months ago.

The 400-499kg bul­lock is un­changed from two months ago at €2.20/kg, while the 500599kg an­i­mal is 7c/kg bet­ter off at €2.19/kg. I doubt that ad­di­tional €35-42/hd even paid for his feed.

The 600kg+ bul­lock is ac­tu­ally 1c/kg on av­er­age worse off at €2.14/kg than he was two months ago. The Ringside ta­ble for last week shows that on av­er­age your 300-399kg an­i­mal, at €2.16/kg is only 6c/kg bet­ter off than he was two months ago.

The 400-499kg bul­lock is un­changed from two months ago at €2.20/kg, while the 500-599kg an­i­mal is 7c/kg bet­ter off at €2.19/kg.

I doubt that ad­di­tional €3542/hd even paid for his feed. The 600kg+ bul­lock is ac­tu­ally 1c/kg on av­er­age worse off at €2.14/kg than he was two months ago.

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