Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (475, 476)

Jackie Cahill

Question:

475. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the percentage of steer and heifers under 30 months of age that were graded between 0=2+ and U+4=, that is, the cattle on the mechanical grading system that qualified for the inspect bonus; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21470/19]

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Jackie Cahill

Question:

476. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the percentage breakdown of the number of cattle in each of the years 2012 to 2018, killed that were categorised as Ps, Os, Us and Es; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21471/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 475 and 476 together.

The following tables are taken from the 2018 Annual report of the Beef Carcass Classification and Price Reporting Section of the Department of Agriculture which is available to view online at the following address: https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmingsectors/beef/annualreports/.

Table 2.1.2 Steer Conformation (%) 2012 to 2018

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E

U

R

O

P

Numbers

2012

0.2

10.5

41.7

40.7

6.8

455,316

2013

0.2

11.0

36.0

42.4

10.3

514,713

2014

-

9.1

36.0

43.2

11.5

583,679

2015

0.2

11.5

36.9

41.5

9.8

616,594

2016

-

10.4

35.5

43.3

10.4

613,464

2017

-

9.1

32.8

45.2

12.8

667,941

2018

-

9.1

29.9

46.2

14.8

649,830

Table 2.2.2 Heifer Conformation (%) 2012 to 2018

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E

U

R

O

P

Numbers

2012

0.2

12.4

55.4

28.6

3.6

344,146

2013

0.2

13.0

52.4

30.2

4.2

367,169

2014

0.2

14.7

53.7

27.9

3.3

407,853

2015

0.2

16.5

52.2

27.5

3.6

396,500

2016

0.2

15.6

49

31.1

4.1

411,744

2017

0.1

14.0

46.8

34.5

4.5

447,745

2018

0.2

14.3

44

36.3

5.1

471,357

Table  2.4.2 Young Bull Conformation (%) 2012 to 2018

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E

U

R

O

P

Numbers

2012

1.7

39.6

31.3

24.3

3.1

203,669

2013

1.8

36.6

28.6

28.7

4.3

179,322

2014

1.8

40.6

28.8

25.7

2.9

183,860

2015

2.6

44.3

27.0

23.1

2.9

154,930

2016

2.1

40.6

28.6

24.8

3.7

189,472

2017

1.9

36.8

27.5

28.6

5.1

194,083

2018

2

38.3

27.6

27.1

4.8

200,581

Regarding carcass classification data based on age at slaughter, it is not possible to extract the stats requested by the Deputy using currents reports from DAFM AIM and Carcass Classification databases.  It is not possible to provide the percentage of steers and heifers under 30 months of age that were graded between 0=2+ and U+4= under current systems.