Newford Farm had another good draft of animals this week, with 16 head slaughtered on Thursday.

This included nine heifers, six cull cows and one bullock. Looking at the heifers first, the average grade was R=3=, the average liveweight was 544kg and the average carcase weight was 293kg. The kill-out for the heifers, which averaged 20 months of age, was 54%. The base price was €3.70/kg and, with all animals receiving the 20c/kg quality payment scheme (QPS) bonus and a few qualifying for an additional 6c/kg by means of their R+ grade, the average sale price was €1,172.