Beef prices paid to Irish farmers have dropped by almost 10% for prime steer and heifer beef over the past month, with cows and young bull prices even more severely cut.

Add in the disruption to the live trade and the closure of our livestock marts for a period and it makes it difficult to assess what the factory price cuts are doing to the live trade. While some marts have embraced technology and moved sales to an online sales platform, others have moved to a tender-based system for processing the sale of cattle.