Irish meat processors have been subjected to an inquisition similar to though much quicker than the official probe into the allegedly anti-competitive practices of their British supermarket customers, and have emerged as paradigms of probity. The Dublin authorities launched the investigation after the meat industry was paralysed in January by protesting farmers who claimed the processors were a cartel rigging livestock prices. Now the graziers are grumbling again, appalled by the investigators' assertion there is no market manipulation, and any renewed disruption could cause trouble in Britain as the pre-Christmas beef import build-up nears. There seems little danger of turmoil, but that is because cattle prices appear less buyer friendly than a couple of weeks ago. Although reports from the Republic are still of large numbers coming off grass, beasts of the quality processors will need for British customers are holding value. {{MEAT }}