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    Importing Irish store cattle

    On this side of the pond our (Irish) factory prices have been falling like a stone for the last 2 months. Over on the UK side beef prices still look pretty good.

    Is there potential to do a bit of export/import of live cattle across the Irish sea? What are the stumbling blocks? Rumour before was that a certain major player didn't like the idea and wouldn't process the offal from Irish cattle slaughtered in the UK, but now after his little horsemeat problem he might not have as much clout as he once had.

    We didn't put horsemeat into the foodchain, so why should we be paying for it?

    Any comments?

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    Re: Importing Irish store cattle

    Quote Originally Posted by 5000man View Post
    On this side of the pond our (Irish) factory prices have been falling like a stone for the last 2 months. Over on the UK side beef prices still look pretty good.

    Is there potential to do a bit of export/import of live cattle across the Irish sea? What are the stumbling blocks? Rumour before was that a certain major player didn't like the idea and wouldn't process the offal from Irish cattle slaughtered in the UK, but now after his little horsemeat problem he might not have as much clout as he once had.

    We didn't put horsemeat into the foodchain, so why should we be paying for it?

    Any comments?
    up to two weeks ago live cattle were cheaper to buy in the Uk than to buy them in Ireland even before putting a transport cost down on them. I presume the Irish cattle would have to discount there UK cattle by 100 a head to make sense to export them

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