While these grading anomalies may on most occasions balance themselves out, they certainly do not encourage a huge amount of confidence amongst producers in the current 'mechanical grading' system.
I know of no other commercial sector which is obliged to indulge itself in such an act of blind faith.
The time has surely arrived for beef farmers to insist that the many farming bodies that profess to represent our interests use some of the monies collected in levies to employ independent professional graders to monitor and review the current grading system.
In relation to the improvement in fat score it was interesting to hear that performance levels have also been good in the dairy sector.
It would appear that the feeding value of all types of grass, both old pastures and reseeded ground is much improved this year.
There is some research available in the US on how weather conditions can affect grass quality and animal performance but I have yet to discover any comparable research done here. I feel it would be very interesting if it were.
I have always associated the topping of the grazing fields with broken weather and low-flying swallows and this summer was no different.
I can remember often hoping that these swallows might raise their flight path as a sign of some finer weather to come.
Topping, by its repetitive nature can be a very boring occupation; however this year with the installation of a new radio in my tractor I had a much improved choice of radio stations to indulge myself in.
Weary however of the relentless boom-boom, politicians' spin and clichéd veneer of some of our national stations, I decided to catch up on what was happening in my part of the world by tuning into our local community radio.
While the many voluntary presenters are the backbone of this service, providing farming, community, sporting, and nature programmes amongst others, it was great to see that our national Broadcasting Authority is now providing support for locally produced current affairs programmes.
These programmes give a real insight into the very busy lives and day to day concerns of people living in an Irish country town.
They also show how volunteerism continues to play such an important role in the well being of these rural towns.
I firmly believe that the welfare of these towns is vitally important as they perform a critically important economic and social role in our increasingly fragile rural infrastructure.
John Heney is a beef farmer from Kilfeacle, Co Tipperary