May 31, 2024


Drop in Ireland's total beef kill in week ending May 19



Ireland's latest beef kill figures showed that the country's total beef kill in the week ending May 19, totalled just over 31,200 head or just under 700 head of cattle below the same week of 2023.


The past two consecutive weeks have bucked this years' trend of higher weekly kills than the equivalent weeks of last year, indicating that supplies of finished cattle are beginning to tighten.


Earlier this year, the Bord Bia forecast on factory cattle supplies for 2024 indicated that the strong cow kill was expected to be maintained, but an overall decline of somewhere between 30,000 to 40,000 head of cattle was projected for this year.


Additionally, a large drop off in kills in the week commencing on May 6 was blamed partly on the May bank holiday and resulting four-day kill at most factories. However, kill numbers failed to bounce back to April levels in the following week.


Ireland's total beef kill to date (week ending on May 19) this year is just over 30,400 ahead of the same time period of last year.


The main driver of the growth in kill numbers this year has been seen in the cow category with supplies up by almost 19,000 head this year.


Figures from Ireland's Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) showed that 114,712 dairy cull cows were slaughtered in the first four months of 2024.


Some 113,503 cows were slaughtered in DAFM-approved plants, while the remaining 1,209 were processed in local authority-approved facilities.


Over 30,000 dairy cull cows were slaughtered in February.

- Agriland

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