Having it both ways Critics of the EU intervention system have an easy target at the moment, as the market management agencies seem to be employing contradictory tactics ­ buying and selling simultaneously. More than 4,000 tonnes are being purchased in Ireland to prevent the seasonal cattle supply surge forcing already weak prices there even lower. Some indirect support for the British market would normally seem a logical consequence. But at the same time extra volumes are being released from store in this country. Sales of intervention forequarter and flank have been provoking protests from some traders here for months. Now they must cope not only with additional tonnage but with selective official price cuts as well. {{MEAT }}