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Old 03-08-2009, 19:40
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Why does buying beef cost more money than other foods?
Why is chicken so much cheaper? You can buy a whole chicken for 3 - 4 1.3 KG or more, or bigger for 6

You can buy a few steaks for 8, sometimes 6, Why does beef cost more when you get a lot less?
Is it cause it tastes better? Yet we have lots of cows and they have so much meat on them.

How does it cost the farmer more money to sell it to us than lots of chickens? Cows have babys, so they get don't pay for them, only to feed them, which is grass?
Do you or your lover prefer to eat beef or chicken? What do you eat more often?
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:40
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When pigeon is so abundant?
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:41
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Don't buy meat. End of.
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:41
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Pyramid of biomass - fewer cows than chickens.
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:42
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Don't buy meat. End of.
End of what? The thread?
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:44
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End of what? The thread?
It can't be the end of the thread. No one has coo'ed yet.
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:44
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Why does beef cost so much? Well.. take an average live weight beef animal of 500kg. Once slaughtered and ready to leave the abattoir the carcass will weigh about 250kg. Of that carcass weight there will be a further loss of anything up to 75kg once the meat is boned out. So an animal that started out at 500kg turns into about 165kg of usuable meat. Now..of that 165kg of meat only about 50 kg will be made up of top quality cuts, ribs, entrecote, filet rumpsteaks etc, the rest of the meat will be the stewing steaks, mincing beef, daube, pot au feu etc.

The farmer will have been paid (if he is lucky!) an average of of about 2.5 euros/kg live weight., 1250 euros. The butcher has to add slaughterhouse fees, transport to and from and wages to cut up the carcass.
That will bring his costs to about 10 euros/kg of beef by the time he comes to start selling it. He has to factor in running costs of shop, cold storage, unsold meat, collecton of waste material(bones) etc. If the butcher applies a mark up of 35% ( supermarkets are about18%) that means selling his meat at an average of 13.50/kg, no way is he going to sell pot au feu, daube etc for that price, to compete with supermarkets he has to sell at no more than 3.50 a kg.
You don't have to be a genius to work out that to cover his costs the superior cuts have to make up the difference.
Wow thanks internet!
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:44
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Pyramid of biomass - fewer cows than chickens.
How comes 2 streaks cost more than a chicken?
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:46
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I'll take a guess at this, cows are larger animals so require more food, space and time to grow. It costs the farmer more to rear them.

I don't eat beef so I don't really care about the price to be honest.
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:47
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Thanks for the post from the internet, but i thought the farmer would get discount for bulk deals? I don't think they put that in to perspective.
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:48
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oh come on, how is it expensive? maybe your just poor LOL

beef is my favourite meat and i have it all the time.
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:49
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It can't be the end of the thread. No one has coo'ed yet.
Coo

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Old 03-08-2009, 19:50
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oh come on, how is it expensive? maybe your just poor LOL

beef is my favourite meat and i have it all the time.
It is more expensive than chicken though.
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:51
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NOW it's the end of the thread
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:52
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It can't be the end of the thread. No one has coo'ed yet.
The thread won't be over until we get the youtube video.
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:52
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Coo mr P, I'll be buying 2 steaks from my butcher on Wednesday mornin, it'll cost me 6-7, not much more than a chicken
Me and my lover will prefer beef on Wednesday cos that's what I'm buyin!

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Old 03-08-2009, 19:52
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Thanks for the post from the internet, but i thought the farmer would get discount for bulk deals? I don't think they put that in to perspective.
Everything taken into account, I think it's simply how much more space/energy/food it takes to rear a good cow than it does a chicken. Chickens can be kept in a box and fed on corn, then slaughtered, whereas cows have to be fed for i dont know how long, and are a ton larger, therefor eating more and taking up more space. Plus, as the internet post said, mince is cheap, so the better cuts, such as steak, have to be more expensive to make up the price. It's also partly (i think) because steak has a place as a 'good' food, that people see as a treat and don't mind paying more for.
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:53
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Coo harry so you only having it once a week?
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:54
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The thread won't be over until we get the youtube video.
We've already had one today - check one of the other threads

LP has to pace himself after all
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Old 03-08-2009, 19:55
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oh come on, how is it expensive? maybe your just poor LOL

beef is my favourite meat and i have it all the time.
Well you being the boss can afford to buy it all the time
I known my bosses to buy it all the time
Coo Are you my boss?
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Old 03-08-2009, 20:01
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It does not look like many people here have it everyday, i have it on pasta everyweek.
I also enjoy steaks.
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Old 03-08-2009, 20:04
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I have it on pasta everyweek.
I also enjoy steaks.
I implore you, just for a second, to think about what you're posting, and try to consider whether anyone but you might find it in any way interesting.


Shouldn't this be in food and drink anyway?
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Old 03-08-2009, 20:04
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Well how often do you have beef horn? How many times in a week?
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Old 03-08-2009, 20:06
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Well how often do you have beef horn? How many times in a week?
I'm not sure I've ever had beef horn. It sounds rather unpleasant.
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Old 03-08-2009, 20:09
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I implore you, just for a second, to think about what you're posting, and try to consider whether anyone but you might find it in any way interesting.


Shouldn't this be in food and drink anyway?
You'd only be miserable if you'd nothing to moan about horns
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