One “Townie’ that’s rejoicing about the rain is Daryl Pattemore, a Redlands Master Butcher at Alexandra Hills who says the rainfall we’ve been seeing in recent days will be welcome at the shop front.
He says while the falls may not be reaching far enough west for his liking, they do mean a boost to quality for consumers in coming months and should help stabilize meat and food prices as we run up to Christmas.
“My suppliers, from the Southern Darling Downs are telling me that the rain is welcome, but more is needed to prevent that longer-term drought-related hit to family food budgets”
“But the falls we have seen will help. It will ensure quality and help greatly with the supply we’ll see coming though in the up-coming months.”
Daryl says that in the 40 years he has been working in the trade he’s seen worse.
“The key, always, for a retailer is to be aware of the types of impacts weather and other factors have at the shop front. By working as closely as we do with our suppliers we can structure and plan to make sure our customers don’t feel the full impacts to either quality or price.”
Daryl says it can be all too easy for people in the city to forget that rain or the lack of plays havoc with the food supply chain.
“Take the rainfalls we have witnessed in the past ten days-We’ve all heard how wonderful it is, but wise heads and farming commentators are saying we would have to have this every week for the few months to make a real impact.”
Mr Pattemore says initially, the availability of meat may actually increase before dwindling and potentially pushing prices up when a big drought hits.
“In the early stages of drought, the availability of meat products quite often increases with farmers offloading stock because they can’t feed them. So, we see a lot more on the market as the drought takes hold, but when the season recovers farmers try to build up numbers again and potentially there could be less stock available for sale and that too can influence the retail price.”
He says the rainfalls this week, largely in the SEQ and near SEQ regions will help ease some of that pressure.
“As we sit here and have a whinge about the showers and the rain, we need to remember that lack of rain affects the price of almost everything- family staples to beer, meat, poultry, veggies and dairy just to mention a few.”
Daryl says it’s during times like this that the experience and sharp eye of a good retail butcher can make the difference for consumers.
“Customers wanted consistency as much as possible in their meat, with both quality and price and that’s one of the primary roles of your local butcher-To ensure they source well for their customers and that requires thinking ahead.”
“It’s an old-fashioned approach, but more and more it is what people are now looking for in the quality of their food.”