The cattle trade continues to go backwards. New weight restriction penalties were announced this week by Ashbourne Meats at its Roscrea plant. Heifers between 380kg and 400kg are hit with a 20c/kg penalty, with 30c/kg for over 400kg carcases.

Bulls over 400kg are hit with progressive penalties, from 10c/kg for 400kg to 420kg, to 50ckg for cattle between 480kg and 500kg. Stock bull prices apply for bulls over 500kg. These follow the penalties Kepak is levying on suppliers.