Beef Price Changes A Step In The Right Direction

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) says the decision by some meat processors to increase the prices paid for “In Spec” cattle is a small step in the right direction in creating a fairer cattle pricing structure.
calendar icon 30 October 2009
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UFU Beef and Lamb Policy Chairman, William Taylor said: “We have always pressed for a cattle pricing structure which fairly reflects the meat value of the carcase. The better prices now being paid for ‘in spec’ cattle is welcomed but we need clearer market signals and better communication in the supply chain to help producers meet the requirements. This new initiative has emerged out of the blue which gives farmers no time to plan for market requirements”.

“We have also consistently pressed for the unjustifiable price differential with GB to be removed. The small price rise now being implemented is a welcomed development in addressing the price differential issue,” said Mr Taylor.

The UFU has requested a meeting with meat processors representatives to discuss these issues. Mr Taylor said: “We have always highlighted to the Northern Ireland processors that farmers producing high quality ‘in spec’ animals need to better rewarded. We are disappointed at the manner in which the “In Spec” bonus payment has been introduced; processors need to better communicate to their suppliers potential changes in market requirements. We would also highlight that processors are supplying different market outlets with different market specifications so the UFU do not expect every meat plant to be applying the same spec and associated pricing structures. This is another issue which we will be seeking clarification on with the processors”.

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