Mr. Wm. Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is his estimate of the percentage of calves sold at the principal markets for suckler calves in each of the last three years which fall into each of the following weight ranges, over six hundredweight, five hundredweight to six hundredweight, four to five hundredweight, three to four hundredweight and under three hundredweight.
Mr. Wm. Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the average prices obtained in the principal suckler calf markets in Northern Ireland during the months of September, October and November 1973, 1974 and 1975, together with the average prices per hundredweight of such calves and the average prices per hundredweight for beef cattle in the same periods.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
The average market prices for suckled calves during the period September to November in each of the last three years, as calculated from returns from a weekly sample of livestock markets, were as follows:
£ per head 1973 78.51 1974 32.80 1975 73.56
No information is available on the average prices per cwt of suckled calves as normally they are not weighed.
The average market prices per live cwt for fat cattle for the same periods were as follows:
£ per cwt 1973 17.06 1974 11.09 1975 17.56