Friday, February 25, 2011

The of price of cattle should be better

The price of cattle in Ireland has changed very little over the past 20 years. The cost of feeding an animal over the winter months including veterinary charges would just about cover the price of a good animal. So why has the price of Irish meat gone to a level which makes it one of the most expensive countries in EU?
EU regulations is what has happened. Because of EU regulations in regard to the butchering of animals and the storing of meat hundreds of butcher shops all over the country have had close shop.
Could it be that the Dept of Agriculture went a bit over the top in enforcing the rules? If you travel through France and see all the Open Markets selling all sorts of dairy produce including meat it would seem so.
A few years ago on a visit to the UK I was amazed to see meat hanging on hooks outside a butcher shop in Stafford, no one seem a bit shocked at this, it seemed to the norm. I sure it's 50 years since the likes of that was seen in Ireland. EU regulations no where to be seen.
Meat Factories and Large Supermarket chains have taken over the whole dairy produce and meat industry, they dictate the prices and they take most of the profit. Then the consumer blames the farmer who is finding it hard to make ends meet.
Large Supermarkets can buy their produce anywhere in the world where they can get the cheapest prices then sell for the highest margin of profit. They can even sell it below cost price to draw customers in to buy high prices goods. The small guy just can't win.
Sold are the "Fields of Athenry" along with at least half of the Livestock Marts in the country. What were Teagasc doing over the last 10 years apart from selling off lands which were formally used for Agricultural Research. Talking about selling the "Goose that had laid the Golden Egg"!.
Yours Truly

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GALWAY, Ireland
Born in Gaway City,spent 10years living in Roundstone, Connamara. Passionate about politics, singing and oil painting. Not a great cook but could learn