Is roast lamb off the menu? Families can no longer afford to buy the meat because of the drought – cutlets hit $ 70
- The deterioration drought lamb and other meat prices through the roof
- Butchers say meat prices are now & # 39; out of control & # 39; the most affected with lamb
- Last year, a kilo of lamb chops was $ 40 to $ 50, but now it's between $ 60 – $ 70
As the deteriorating drought shows no signs of delay, the price of lamb and other meat is further increased.
Livestock farms have been destroyed by the worst drought on the list, with stations around Armidale and Walgett in New South Wales having survived their driest two-year stint in history.
This has made anything but a lamb dinner a thing of the past for some Aussie families, with butchers saying that the great drought has had a huge impact on the rise in meat prices.
Anthony Puharich, owner of Vic & # 39; s Meat and Victor Churchill in Sydney, told The Daily Telegraph the drought is just as grim as it has ever been.
& # 39; Meat prices got out of hand. You must prepare to eat less meat if you want to eat the same good quality. & # 39;
Last year a kilo of lamb chops was on average $ 40 to $ 50, but only a year later they go between $ 60 and $ 70 per kilo
The drought is the worst on record for parts of Australia with farms that produce beef, lamb, wheat and cotton
Last year a kilo of lamb chops was on average $ 40 to $ 50, but only a year later they go between $ 60 and $ 70 per kilo.
MEAT HEFTY PRICE WALKS
2018 – Lamb chops $ 40-50 / kg
Now – lamb chops $ 60-70 / kg
2018 – Steak $ 15-18
Now – steak $ 24-27
2018 – pork belly $ 12-15 / kg
Now – pork belly $ 20-22 / kg
2018 – chest and thigh $ 12-14 / kg
Now – chest and thigh $ 15-16 / kg
& # 39; The average punter needs to get ready for lamb – something we grew up eating and love every Sunday when Mommy made a roast – to become a delicacy that is only eaten on special occasions, if things stay as they are, & # 39; said Mr. Puharich.
& # 39; My father has been in this industry for 50 years, 40 in Australia, and he has never seen prizes like that. & # 39;
Farmers kill their cattle prematurely to avoid feeding costs, resulting in a huge demand for adult animals.
In March, Sydney butcher Nathan Iowa told Daily Mail Australia that there was a 40 percent price increase in red meat.
& # 39; It is cheaper to kill the animal before they are ready to eat & he said.
Beef has also experienced substantial price increases since last year. In 2018, the average price of a steak was between $ 15 and $ 18.
But a year later, the tender steak will give customers $ 24-27 back.
Beef has also experienced substantial price increases since last year. In 2018, the average price of a steak was between $ 15 and $ 18
But once the drought breaks, prices are not expected to fall because farmers who have killed their breeding animals compete with customers.
Pork lovers will also be beaten more than the $ 12-15 / kg it cost last year – now it costs on average $ 20 to $ 22 per kilogram.
Keeping pigs alive has never been more expensive. Last year, grain to feed pigs cost around $ 200 per tonne, but now graziers are reduced between $ 390 and $ 550 per tonne.
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