Beef kill: Weekly supplies drop below 31,000 head in Ireland

Frozen Bone-In Beef
Market & Price Trends
Published Apr 14, 2024

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In Ireland, the weekly beef kill figures have experienced a decline, falling below 31,000 head for two consecutive weeks and remaining under 32,000 head for the past three weeks, largely due to holiday-shortened weeks and potentially exacerbated by wet weather affecting farming operations. This trend signifies a decrease over the last six weeks and raises concerns about a possible delay in the availability of finished cattle for slaughter, potentially extending into the third quarter of the year. Despite this recent downturn, the cumulative beef kill for the year still surpasses the previous year's figures by over 24,000 head, indicating an overall higher supply. However, the future of beef prices and market dynamics remains uncertain, with the possibility of deviating from typical seasonal trends.
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Weekly beef kill figures have slipped below 31,000 head for the past two consecutive weeks, according to Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) figures. With data available up to the week ending Sunday, April 7, the past three consecutive weeks have all seen weekly kills below 32,000 head of cattle. While these three weeks were all short weeks as a result of St Patrick’s Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, it will be interesting to see next week how supplies have bounced back for the week ending Sunday, April 14. The graph below shows how weekly beef kill numbers have been faring over the past 12 weeks: As can be seen from the table above, weekly kill numbers have been in a general declining trend for the past six consecutive weeks. Wet weather and the impacts it is having on farms is undoubtedly one of the biggest talking points amongst farmers presently however no one can say with certainty the delay in getting cattle turned out to grass will have on the beef ...
Source: AgriLand
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