Factory protests that caused widespread disruption last week have carried forward into a second week. Last week’s throughput is estimated to have reduced to the tune of 20% to 25%. Should protests continue this week, this figure is likely to be significantly higher with a day’s less processing starting the week off on the back foot.

For plants that are processing as normal, there is no change in prices paid. Steers are moving in general on a base of €3.50/kg with heifers trading on a base of €3.55/kg to €3.60/kg. Reports indicate supplies of steers are being boosted by the good grazing season with numbers coming on stream with greater intensity.