Beef quotes stable as farmers eye better times
THE beef factory representatives were hedging their bets at the Ploughing.
While they were not talking prices down, at the same time they were not talking down the numbers.
When pressed on Christmas prospects, Paul Nolan of Dawn Meats said that the festive season usually sees a welcome strengthening in price.
Among farmers and finishers, however, there seems to be a tone of optimism that numbers will ease back as we head into mid-October.
However, as the heavens opened on Wednesday evening, it was a stark reminder of what a fellow in the west said about the rain a few weeks ago.
“It whispers in the factories’ ear,” he said.
The forecast for the week gave room for optimism, with dry days interspersed with some rain.
That said, a lot of decisions will be made this week on beef farms — questions about grazing, selling or housing. Grass might be cheap but keeping heavy stock on soft ground is a real ‘no no’.