Retailers trying to hold down the price of home produced beef cattle have a powerful incentive. Latest indicative quotes from third country rate confirm Britain as among the most expensive markets in the world. The best quality beasts cost processors in this country about £1.80 per kg deadweight. And the price of the beef is driven up further by the loss of around 30% weight to reach saleable meat yield. At the moment, reasonable quality boneless beef, some from European Union exporters, is moving through the international trade at under $1,500/t (well under £1,000) and manufacturing grade supplies are easily available at $1,000. {{MEAT }}

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