Stable Conditions Promote Confidence in UK Beef

UK - Representatives from the UK Farming Unions and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) met this week in Belfast to discuss a number of issues concerning livestock market conditions.
calendar icon 18 June 2009
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The viewpoint was that while both beef and lamb supplies are short across the UK and Ireland, demand and market conditions are still stable. Therefore, prices will be strong throughout the remainder of 2009 and producers are well placed to demand strong prices for their livestock.

UFU Beef & Lamb Chairman, William Taylor, commented: “Beef and Lamb producers should take confidence from the current beef and lamb market situation and the positive outlook for the rest of the year. Whilst consumer demand for beef and sheep is stable, livestock numbers are down right across the UK and Ireland and a similar scenario is being seen within the rest of Europe. Following the meeting with colleagues from the UK and Ireland, we want to put a clear message out to producers that they should take encouragement from current market conditions, continue to sell their livestock strongly and be prepared to negotiate for higher prices.”

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