Has meat priced itself out of your diet? 181



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The price of meat has been steadily rising over the last year, with a price increase in the last few months alone of 50 per cent. Butchers and restaurants are beginning to question whether to slice some meat cuts from their businesses. Are you thinking twice before putting meat in your shopping trolley?

Cattle prices have risen due to drought conditions across Australia, along with increasing demand for Australian meat from overseas buyers.

Peter Bouchier, a Melbourne butcher with a chain of stores has told Fairfax Media that more and more his customers are thinking twice when buying meat.

“There’s just no cheap beef any more and it’s the cheaper cuts that have probably taken the biggest rise, chuck, stewing steak and trimmings, which we use for sausage meat,” he said.

Food grocery giant Coles has tried to put a positive spin on the price hike, saying that it is good for farmers. Coles has attempted to keep a lid on prices, but is beginning to have to react, and pass along the increase to customers.

‘[However] for some beef products in our supermarket – we have needed to increase prices to reflect the higher cost,’ a Coles spokesman said.

Coles may well be somewhat unworried about the rising prices, but it has affected the meat industry, with two meat processors cutting back on both staff and production.

These are hard times for everyone in the industry and it’s hurting a lot of people,’ one processor told Fairfax.

Are you now eating less meat? If so, is it because of the high prices, or is it a health choice? We’d love to hear from you in our Comments section.


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  1. i cannot for the life of me work out why when cattle are bought in sale yards they are say 4.00 a kilo there is no selling the beast by section so how can any shop that sells meat justify charging over 30-00 a kilo for some cuts when they are charged 4.00 for the full section whether it be t bone or stewing steak maybe there i s a butcher that can answere this

  2. how can butchers justify selling different cuts of meat for over 30.00 or even 20.00 a kilo when in the sale yards they are charged 3 or 4.00 a kilo for the body of beef, sure they have to make money but do they need to put that much profit on it ,maybe a butcher can tell us why some cuts are so expensive

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    • Our food producers always get ripped off, the farmer does all the work and supermarkets get all the profit, it is very unfair

    • Yes, meat is expensive!! We are farmers have sheep and cattle, we don’t get much per kilo!!! Supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths make a huge profit!! Local butchers find it hard keep up with them!!

    • I have found that ‘Farmers Markets’ Are rather pricy ‘ My greengrocer is cheaper and it’s all local produce ‘ I buy meat in bulk.. I only eat red meat maybe twice a week .the rest of the time I eat poultry or fish. and just use some creativity when making a meal .And i make good use of my deep freeze .. 🙂

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      • I found that too and the meat is beautiful. The little shop I go to is really popular for their meat. They are also the only ones who sell the lovely pressed corn brisket.Given the bigger supermarkets a miss. I do find lamb really expensive though and I love it. I never buy anything less than the leanest diet mince and if it is steak usually porterhouse, scotch or rib fillet.

  3. meat is so expensive now, it really is a luxury food item, I am still buying but if it keeps going up I will have to cut back on my consumption

  4. We eat meat three or four times a week. One of those times is a decent cut, like porterhouse and we share a piece. Pork roast can be quite economical, especially when it’s on special.

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    • You lucky Sue, I eat meat three or four times every day. I’ve never eaten any vegetables. Meat prices have hit the roof!

    • so awful the poor old farmer is getting decent prices .3 times what the got 40 years ago poor wage earner has had to settle for 20 times higher wages than 40 years ago..how dare the farmer do that to them

  5. We find meat getting to be a luxury haven’t stopped buying but l ess meals contain meat.

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    • I agree Roslyn meat is a luxury. You can only do so much with sausages & mince. Our family eat mostly vegetables. That’s the way it is. Better than nothing.

  6. Like most pensioners I am aware of every cent I spend, I love meat and vegies , so I had to sort improvise from buying both of these items from the supermarket, now I go to a meat wholesaler once a month and buy in bulk, it much cheaper that way, and go to the Farmers market and buy my vegetables weekly. I save a money doing it this way and I am still eating healthy food

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    • We grow our own veges, last nights dinner we had carrots, pumpkin, potato, sugar snap peas and beans from our own garden. When we have too many we freeze or give to friends and family. Healthy eating and healthy exercise.

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      • Nothing better than veggies you’ve grown and picked yourself. It’s a great feeling too. Last time I grew anything I ended up with a surplus of eggplant but I used it for frittata as well as moussaka.

    • Trevor Salmon, I am a country dweller and find country people can get the best from markets and the corner butcher, who will sell in bulk.

  7. yes, i cannot remember the last time we had lamb or lamb cutlets! The price is outrageous…but then so is the price of seafood…and most everything else in Australia is extremely expensive too!

  8. I still eat meat – in small portions. You really only need approx 100grammes of meat to meet your protein requirements. For years, most people have had vegies with their meat, I have some meat with my vegies.

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    • I had to cut my meat in half as I have been told to reduce my portions. It looked the size of a pack of cards before I cooked it and much smaller afterwards. I felt so cheated though, but I have to do it.

  9. Only usually eat red meat once a week ….eat chicken mostly. Only eat steak maybe once a month. Eat more pork than red meat.

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