Beef farmers sell food, not to buy cattle

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    Many beef farmers decided this winter against the production of livestock and prefer to sell their valuable stocks of fodder.
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Many beef farmers decided this winter against the production of livestock and prefer to sell their valuable stocks of fodder.

Managers Mart said that this trend is gaining momentum and took a large number of buyers and the money from the trade.

A serious fall in the normal livestock prices on markets in the last two weeks was blamed on a sharp drop in demand, many finishers deciding to sell part or all of their silage and straw, not to fill the barns.

“I spoke with some guys from the Midlands who would be good customers, but who are now only half the purchase, because they tell me that they can do more for feed and straw than the production of the weaned,” said Maurice Brosnan from Gortatlea Mart in Kerry.

The high price dairy farmers are willing to pay for food already convinced a significant number of beef farmers to reduce their activity this winter.

One drystock farmer in the South-East told the independent that he was offered the equivalent of 1000 Euro/ha for silage in the pit.

“Why do you want to take a chance on the production of cattle for the price of silage?” he asked.

Pit silage, usually around €40-50/tonne in the South of the country, while the price of straw can vary from €30 to €40 per 4×4 bale.

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Finisher from the Midlands who is considering selling some of his to feed said fields to the production of cattle was too small in comparison to what the food does.

“Money is not the fattening of the game, if you in large quantity and have a contract. I bought 200 Friesian Steers a few years ago and fatten them — ever. I thought about redemption a few lighter cattle, but it’s a long-to keep my job,” he said.

Jim Bushe of new Ross Mart said the trade was this summer suffered from a large number of cows that were sold from the dairy herd.

Prices have fallen down

“With a lot of culling of cows in the operation this summer, the feeders found it harder and harder to compete because the prices are constantly pushed down. There were reports of some of the cows sold for €1/kg. How could any finisher to compete with that or at the door of the factory or the ring?” Mr. Boucher said.

According to the latest survey of independent agricultural ring shows that it is easier cattle 300-400kg weight sell about 90C/kg. Which is €100-150/HD rear last year.

Ronan O’connor of Ballinakill March in Laois confirmed that the deal was “under pressure” for the poor-quality light animal.

“What 400kg poorer Friesian can be a very difficult proposal to sell. It is the prospect of another long winter plus the cost of the bale against the price of a bullock, which dominates the minds of people. Keep too long,” he explained.

However, some cattle traders claim that the situation is even worse for light, Friesian/Jersey cross and Holstein/Jersey crosses, with some of these animals occurs through the stalls without bidding.

Managers at the March explained that a two-tier market was developed for cattle during the summer, with prices kept at a good warehouse, but is crashing on a lot clearer.

“The better the animal will be fine, but with a Turkish shipping work is now in limbo and the dairy industry will increase the rate of feed, the question is, what happens to the trade after we Get to the implementation of big sales,” said one cattle trader.

“This is a €1.00-1.30/kg easier for those poor friezes, really?”

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