Further hints of possible tightening of the beef market in prospect emerge from breeding stock sales, especially in Scotland where producer sentiment has swung sharply from confidence to gloom in the last few months. Auctioneer Allan Taylor of ANM admitted "plainer sorts were hard to sell" at the big Thainstone sale on October 3, an indicator of future finished cattle supply. A cash squeeze due partly to late harvesting and low grain prices is said to be restricting investment in beef cattle by some arable farmers who are usually an essential link in the meat production chain. {{MEAT }}