Beef grid: 'It's like a lucky bag'
The beef grid is a "frustration" that is continuing to exercise farmers the length and breadth of the country, says the outgoing ICMSA president John Comer who has seen many a heated meeting on the long-running issue.
"The lobby should be stronger and more co-ordinated and more committed to have a complete review of the grid," says Mr Comer.
"Everybody that I know is absolutely frustrated with it and to a person they all say to me they are two years looking at an animal in the field and cannot get an evaluation on the animal before they go.
"They feel it is like a lucky bag, and that is the phrase that is cropping up regularly," says Mr Comer.
"For that reason alone I think the industry should respect the opinion of the primary suppliers to their industry and have a whole overhaul and complete review of the grid."
After six years at the helm he feels farmers should also be issued with the carcase imaging when they are getting their cheque.
"That imaging is available," he says, adding farmers are uncertain of what they need to produce to satisfy industry and the multi-national retailers and the guidelines keep changing.
"The lead-in is so long that farmers get frustrated. They may want a heavy carcase now but by the time they have bred the heavy carcase it will take a couple of years and then they want a light carcase."