Quotes, grid offer mixed messages
It's all about perception, or so they say. Take last week for example: some quarters would almost have us believe that if our transport minister wasn't out of the country on holiday, our chemists would have run out of suncream.
There would have been no slippery roads, no frozen pipes, and salt would be falling like snow from the skies if our minister had stayed at home.
It is similar on the beef front. Some factory men over the past week were trying to encourage farmers to sell before the thaw as the increased supplies would affect prices. They said that the poor conditions were keeping supplies very tight and that was the only reason why prices had improved.
Yes, I agree that roads are not conducive to unnecessary travel, but last week's estimated kill of 24,450hd was actually up around 600 animals on the corresponding week last year.
Grid operation continues to be mixed, with the big three apparently sticking rigidly to it while the other plants around the country are willing to operate whatever system it takes in order to do the deal.
If there are farmers out there who agree with, and are positive about, the grid, will you please come forward and let it be known because any comments that have come my way so far are not very complimentary towards it. The base price, while rising, needs to go a lot faster and a lot higher.
Most of the plants seem to be working off a base quote of 291-294c/kg this week for the steers and 297-300c/kg for the heifers, plus the 6c/kg for quality-assured males and females paid on top of this. This is true for the AIBP, Dawn and Kepak factories.