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Cattle Prices Must Rise, Says IFA

08 January 2020

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said cattle prices need to rise substantially in 2020.

He said the base price has re-opened at €3.60/kg for steers and heifers, but supplies are tight and better deals are being negotiated.

Mr Woods said: "Prices in our main export market in the UK have continued to rise over the holiday period with R3 steers making the equivalent of €4.20/kg incl vat for week ending 28 December.

"Based on prices in our main export market in the UK, which are the equivalent of €4.20/kg, Irish prices have major potential to rise."

Analysing the kill for 2019, Mr Woods said the total kill reached 1,737,285 head, down 61,009 on 2018 levels.

He said the major changes were a 41,000 head reduction in the steer kill and a 50,000 head drop in the cull cow numbers. Heifers increased by 16,000 and young bulls by only 5,000 head.

The IFA National Livestock Committee met in Portlaoise yesterday (7 January), at which a new Chairman was elected.

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