Thanks for that! I appreciate it.OK, I finally got a chance to read the article, and there are few surprises.
The agro producers have declared a strike of sorts for 9 days, saying that -
1) This is a repeat of an export ban from 2005-2015 that had disastrous consequences, leading to closing of 138 frigorificos and the decline in the cattle herds of Argentina by 10 million head.
2) Roughly 70% of the beef exported is of cuts not popular for internal consumption (I'm skeptical about this one).
3) They mention "el conflicto por la 125 en 2008", and I have no idea what that was. Anybody else have an idea?
4) The Germans are still mad about having been cut off from Argentine beef when they hosted the world cup of 2006.
In any case, the agro industrial sector is royally pissed off about this, and the CAA, the SRA, plus the breed-specific producers associations of 14 different breeds have all condemned it in fulminating, sulfurous terms. These people are really, really, really angry.
Actually, I find it easy to believe point two, though until recently I assumed without any evidence that most of the business would have been whole carcasses which could have been diverted back onto the local market. Compare a chart of Argentine beef cuts with one from the UK or USA and they are very different: the most obvious to me is the ribs sliced through for asado vs. ribs cut across for roasting in the oven. More and more retailers in the destination countries are insisting that products are delivered prepared and packaged - in some cases, labelled and priced as well - so I can believe they are sitting on stocks that would be difficult to sell on the local market.