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Beef breakdown: why are fewer steers making the top grades?

We are now producing less higher quality bullocks than 20 years ago. Martin Coughlan analyses the figures and grid history

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Farm organisations have been calling for a review of the QPS beef grid for some time.

Farm organisations have been calling for a review of the QPS beef grid for some time.

Farm organisations have been calling for a review of the QPS beef grid for some time.

The model for the production of meaningful numbers of better conformation, grass-fed beef bullocks in this country is broken.

A detailed trawl of Department of Agriculture figures over 20 years by the Farming Independent shows the industry is now producing more poor quality steers than two decades ago.


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