So much for market forces......


Bay of Plenty NZ
A tad simplistic ,climate and scale of production will have as much if not more to do with it.
A tad simplistic maybe but having farmed in both countries I view it as fairly accurate, there is no doubt that climate and scale do help to keep production costs low although I believe the main reason NZ can compete and compete well on the world stage is the marketing structure that is in place. the UK does not have anything close to it, in fact from what I see it just doesn't have one at all.


1. I dont think the entire world supports their farmers by giving them funny money. You may wish to research that.

2. I don't think Ireland can actually afford the money either, and what good is 19 pence a kilo to anyone?
19p kilo can be the difference of profit or not for a lot of us beef men , it’s a brutal tight way to derive a living.

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Written by John Swire

Major beef processor plans to reduce carcase weights from October are offering great opportunities for the Charolais breed as finishers look for adaptable and flexible animals that meet changing consumer demands.

The weight drop of between 20kgs and 40kgs per carcass depending on buyer, also brings with it new penalties for heavier beasts which, when coupled to a six-year...