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27 November 2008|Cattle,News,Sheep

Further price increases needed for beef and sheep sectors

The latest Eblex Business Pointers show beef and sheep farmers need to see a further increase in farmgate prices to enable them to invest with confidence in their businesses and ensure a sustainable and viable long-term future for the sectors, the NFU said today.

NFU livestock board chairman Alistair Mackintosh said: "Despite the marketing interruption of bluetongue and FMD in 2007 some enterprises have responded to messages on efficiency over the past few years and are generally making improvements in terms of physical performances, and have achieved better gross margins for their efforts."

But the fact the majority of sheep and beef businesses were still showing a negative net margin, with LFA sheep and beef farms fairing worse than in 2006/2007, was extremely concerning for the industry, he said. The NFU was aware that any efficiency savings had been countered by escalating input costs and the low farmgate prices throughout 2007 and it was therefore important to highlight the critical situation of the livestock sector to both retailers and processors in discussions in upcoming weeks.

Mr Mackintosh said: "The simple fact is that the only way out of this situation is to see a continued gradual and steady increase in farmgate prices in order to maintain a sustainable and profitable livestock sector to allow for reinvestment on livestock farms."



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