The attitude of the cattle producers blockading meat plants was expressed by Robert Robinson, chairman of the National Beef Association. Robinson called on supermarkets to "continue their commitment to British beef and resist the temptation to import more heavily discounted product from the Republic of Ireland". His statement noted the national average deadweight steer price "plunged" 6p-7p per kilo to 166.3p in the four weeks to October 7, while the national all-cattle auction average has slipped from 89.57p to 85.85p over the same period. "We are alarmed that R4 bullocks in the Republic of Ireland were making just 148.5p last week and at suggestions that more multiples are being tempted by the availability of such cheap supplies," said Robinson. {{MEAT }}