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Maximum residencies for factory

  • 07-10-2022 11:03pm
    Registered Users Posts: 24

    Hi folks, finding it hard to get an answer to this one, what is the max number of residencies a steer can have for a meat factory? I know they prefer under 4 but can it go to 6? I know you may lose the Bord Bia quality assured payment over 4.

    I'll be sending some in the next month, a couple have 5 residencies. They really need more feeding I'd say but I'd rather have them gone in November so wondering if the feedlot buyers will show interest with those residencies.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 1,785 Mod ✭✭✭✭Albert Johnson

    They can have 66 residencies and will still see the inside of the factory cold room. They may not qualify for the QA bonus but there still a saleable product. You shouldn't have any bother selling them in the mart as forward stores if you wished too. It would probably be a better idea than killing underfleshed stock.

    Most of the buyer's will be watching the ages, residencies ect but will still buy non QA compliant stock. Granted they'll factor all those things in to the price they give but it all depends on who's buying on the day. QA is a flexible requirement in that it can be conveniently applied or forgotten depending on how the supply and demand is going at any given time. Not all cattle are eligible for the QA payment regardless of age, residencies ect as they fall outside of the other requirements so it depends on what you have to sell.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24 feirmeoir101

    Thanks a million, that's good to know, is it better send them to the mart or arrange for a buyer to buy the lot directly from the farm? Path of least resistance suits me best timewise but I'm presuming with the bit of competition you'll get a better price in the mart.

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 1,785 Mod ✭✭✭✭Albert Johnson

    I'd opt for the mart, selling at home is grand if you've a suitable client and know the price of what you've got. Unless you're still depending on them to make up stocking units or something similar then I'd shift them sooner rather than later. Store cattle are still a good trade atm but there not as hot as they were imo. Chances are they won't get dearer until the numbers for sale start to get smaller coming up Xmas. The weather has changed in the last 10 days too which never does much for the cattle trade at this time of year.