Rain playing into factories' hands as the numbers flow
You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to see what's afoot in the cattle business at present.
Last week's bad weather meant that ground conditions that were already poor deteriorated further, to the point that even in the east some cattle were housed.
Those that were not housed probably caused their owners to lose sleep. Heavy cattle on soft ground are a real "no no".
The options you have depend on how close to being finished those cattle are.
While the rain continued to fall, grass beef men wrestled with the problem of what to do, the factories waited patiently for their phones to ring.
Judging by quotes yesterday morning those phones did ring - a lot.
Factory bosses may have been at worst hoping not to have to pay any more than they did in the majority of cases last week, ie €3.80/kg for bullocks and €3.90/kg for heifers.
And some factories were coming out with quotes as low as €3.70/kg and €3.80/kg respectively for bullocks and heifers.