Hit the Spec or Hit Your Pocket

UK - British beef producers sending cattle to slaughter, have been advised to hit spec or it they will find it will hit them in the pocket.
calendar icon 21 February 2008
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The English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) says that to get the best return, animals must be properly finished and at the moment high prices are tempting producers to send under-finished animals.

A steer which is out of specification could be worth more than £100 less than one that meets spec. Not only do you lose out on carcase weight but penalties could be imposed.

The amount lost will also far outweigh the costs of keeping the animal a bit longer to make sure it makes the grade.

EBLEX Chief Executive Richard Ali said: "Trying to get animals to market that bit earlier to take advantage of higher prices could easily backfire and cost money.

"The best route has always been to make sure animals are properly finished and to the required spec - that is the way to get the best price possible.

"On top of that, if more out of spec animals are put forward it will results in lower yields and therefore depress average prices."

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