Cow kill hits 20-year high as factories scramble for cattle
Darren Carty
Last week’s cow kill was the highest weekly throughput of cows in over 20 years, with numbers boosted by culling in an expanding dairy herd and a continued decline in the suckler herd.
30 November 2022 News
February timeline for tighter TB-related movement restrictions
Cows and males aged over 36 months moving farm-to-farm or through a mart face new testing requirements if not TB tested in the last six months and left a holding that has tested in the last six months
23 November 2022 Northern Ireland
Record kills putting cow trade under pressure
With the total cow kill up 15% in 2022, it has had a negative impact on prices paid to farmers.
NI Trends: beef trade remains on positive footing; marts driving lamb price
The beef trade in Northern Ireland continues on a positive footing, with firm demand underpinning prices. Lamb prices are also benefitting from a strong live trade.
16 November 2022 Markets
Farmer Writes: winter starting to close in
Grass is really bucking the trend, with mild temperatures driving exceptional late season growth right across the country.
16 November 2022 Farmer Writes
NI Trends: beef prices hold firm as kill hits record levels; lamb trade robust
Cattle throughput at NI abattoirs reached record levels last week, but prices are holding firm. The lamb trade is also seeing robust demand underpinning prices.
9 November 2022 Markets
Farmers say they ‘need more information’ on CAP schemes
Farmers at our CAP information meeting in Carlow spoke about ACRES, awareness of the schemes in the next CAP and the Food Vision beef and sheep group’s proposals to pay farmers to cull cows.
9 November 2022 News
NI Trends: Christmas kill underpins beef trade; lamb price improves at marts
The beef trade in Northern Ireland remains rock solid, as processors focus on the Christmas trade. Lamb prices are rising in the live ring.
2 November 2022 Markets
Farmer Writes: farm at saturation point
If necessary, we can use the cubicles for as long as is practical to get through the autumn and feed whatever silage is necessary to get through to the dry period.
2 November 2022 Farmer Writes
MartBids Database: the race to Turkey continues
Adam Woods has the latest on this week’s mart trade, including what’s been happening around the country’s marts this week.
2 November 2022 Markets
NI Trends: factory demand for heifers lifts prices; fat lamb trade steadies
Factory prices for prime heifers in Northern Ireland are edging upwards as processing demand increases. After last week's price increases, fat lambs have steadied.
26 October 2022 Markets
NI Trends: factories focusing on prime cattle kill; lamb prices on the rise
Beef processors are prioritising prime cattle for Christmas orders, but prices remain steady. Demand for fat lambs is on the rise and prices are improving.
19 October 2022 Markets