Well, well, well. Yes, yes, I know, three holes in the ground. But there's nothing funny about the pigeons that are coming home to roost around Australian agriculture.Because quite a few of them are now crapping on that poor old mug farmer.
You will recognise him - he (or she) is the one left holding the bag. An invariably empty bag.
Have you ever noticed when the big end of town is looking after its own wellbeing how those same big boys, and those useless bloody politicians, line up with their own bagful of reasons as to why it is OK to sell off agricultural infrastructure?
But those promises aren't, as if they ever were, worth the paper they were written on.
Or the hot air with which they are made.
Factories are being closed hand over fist and business moved offshore.
And now the Brazilians, our number one rival as the world's largest beef exporter, are starting to pull the rug on our processing business.
Brazilian-owned JBS - don't ask me to pronounce any of the convoluted Portuguese names connected with that because I can't - has decided to go ahead and shut down Prime City Feedlot at Tabbita, north west of Griffith in NSW.
JBS, by the way, is Australia's largest beef processor. With the blessings of Canberra.
The company has blithely announced the former Australia Meat Holding yards - which come with a licence for 60,000 head and yards for 35,000 - are a "permanent closure".
A matching announcement that 60 jobs would be affected and the company's Human Resources department was talking with workers was almost delivered as good news for one and all.
The spokesman also assured anyone listening the company would continue to operate its feedlots at Yanco and Caroona in NSW and Mungindi and Beef City in Queensland.
Well in all honesty, he did not say for now. I did.
I know who I believe.
But let me get back on point and let me get this right.
Our biggest global competitor, who just happens to be our biggest beef processor, has shut down a major operation.
That strikes me as less Australian beef which will be processed in Australia.
And to make sure no-one else tries to come through the backdoor and start the business up, processing Australian beef with Australian workers, the spokesman mentioned, almost as an afterthought, the business was not for sale.
So here is our biggest global competitor, who just happens to be our biggest beef processor, not just shutting down a major operation, but making sure no-one else ever opens it - ever.
But this has nothing to do with any global strategy to buck up JBS' major businesses in the US, in South America or anywhere else which might just be on the backfoot because of Australia's quality beef exports.
Of course not.
And we won't be reading about any other major processors being closed, but not sold, to further screw up that equation.
Of course not.
There might be a lot of steers involved in this debacle, but everything else connected with it sounds like a lot of bull to me.
In fact, not just bull, but bulls@*t.