The clas­sic Aussie BBQ could meat its match

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FEARS are grow­ing the iconic Aussie bar­be­cue is at risk be­cause of high beef prices drag­ging on house­hold bud­gets.

Aus­tralia’s beef cat­tle herd is now at a 20-year low, which is con­tribut­ing to higher prices at the check­out.

Parap cou­ple Kim Hayes-Ker­sten and Jarred Ker­sten try to have a bar­bie at least once a fort­night, but say the high cost of red meat is im­pact­ing their weekly bud­get.

“We rarely have red meat – we eat a lot more chicken,” Mrs Hayes-Ker­sten said.

The price of mince has dou­bled in the past two years to more than $10kg and in June eye-fil­let steaks were av­er­ag­ing more than $50kg.

Cheaper cuts, like beef cheeks and shanks have also in­creased. Mrs Hayes-Ker­sten, who does most of her fam­ily’s shop­ping, has no­ticed the price jump.

Sen­a­tor Matt Canavan said he wanted to help mums and dads keep Aussie steak on the menu at home and on the Web­ber. Sen­a­tor Canavan said one of the best ways to help fam­i­lies re­duce the gro­cery bill was to help farm­ers.

“That’s why we want to de­velop the north and build more dams,’’ Sen­a­tor Canavan said.

“We need to save the Aussie BBQ. This is a real BBQ stop­per.”

Pic­ture: PATRINA MALONE

An­drew Hayes, Penny Hayes, Kim Hayes-Ker­sten and Jarred Ker­sten cook up a feed at Night­cliff fore­shore

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