Although the throughput at the factories last week was see to be slightly down, it did not save producers who took an average of 0.6p/lb less overall, with reductions of up to 2p/lb being confirmed at some individual factories for bullocks in last week's kill.
The average paid for R3 bullocks was 93.5p/lb down 0.6p/lb while O3 grade was back by the same margin to an average of 91p/lb.
AIBP Group paid an average of 93p/lb.
While the average paid at Waterford and Clones remained stable, the average paid at Bandon for R3 bullocks was 92p/lb, a drop of 1.3p/lb and at Rathkeale the average slipped under 92p/lb following a drop of 1.6p/lb on the previous week.
The price at Nenagh was just short of the national average for the week.
The average for R3 bullocks purchased by then Dawn Group was down 1p/lb at 92.8p/lb. Waterford dropped 1.6p/lb to 93p/lb with prices at Midleton and Cahir down by 0.5p/lb to 0.8p/lb.
The top price for R3 bullocks was 98.6p/lb at Carrigans of Donegal, with Liffey Meats and Bergins Moyvalley Meats paying 95p/lb average and AIBP (Clones), Kepak (Clonee) Kildare Chilling and Newgrange Meats among the tops at over 94p/lb. O3 bullocks averaged 91p/lb.
The national average for R3 heifers was 93.6p/lb. Eleven factories paid an average of 94p/lb or better with the top-paying Kepak at Clonee paying an average of 96.7p/lb which probably included some premium price young beef and Liffeys paying over 95p/lb.
Newgrange Meats, Meadow Meats, Jennings, Slaney Meats and Kildare Chilling all paid over 94p/lb average.
The average nationally for O3 heifers was 91p/lb.
Cull cow prices eased back slightly with a top price of 83p/lb at Liffey Meats, Ballyjamesduff for R5 grade, 82.5p/lb at Kepak (Clonee) for O5 grade and 80p/lb for P+4H grade at Liffeys.