Dáil Éireann - Volume 123 - 22 November, 1950
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cattle Prices in England.
Mr. J. Flynn Mr. J. Flynn
Mr. J. Flynn asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will take steps to have the present Grade B price of Irish cattle in England brought nearer the Grade A price as the present difference of 4½d. per lb. is too great and means that many cattle are held longer in this country than they should be from an economic point of view.
Mr. Dillon Mr. Dillon
Mr. Dillon: The margin between the Grade A and the Grade B price for Irish fat steers and heifers exported to the British Ministry of Food, which actually averages less than 4¼d. per lb. dressed carcase weight during the year 1950-51, corresponds, in accordance with the 1948 Trade Agreement, to the margin between the prices paid for similar classes of cattle fattened in Great Britain. I am satisfied that there are no cogent reasons for seeking an increased price for Grade B cattle and that it would not be in the ultimate interests of our producers to do so. Only about 1 per cent. of all the fat steers and heifers sold to the Ministry of Food since the making of the 1948 Trade Agreement have been graded B.
Dáil Éireann 123 Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. Cattle Prices in England.