22 May 2015 | Online since 2003



26 May 2014|Cattle,News

Improved signalling needed after volatile beef prices


Beef farmers looking for clear signals on future trade requirements. The significant drop in beef prices has NFU Scotland to write to Scotland’s abattoirs, asking for improved signalling on likely market needs in a bid to minimise price volatility in the future.

In a letter to the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers, the Union has requested that the Association work with beef producers by bringing forward clear messages on the desired carcase specifications needed and likely market requirements going forward.

A more strategic approach to the beef sector will be highly valuable as new CAP support arrangements from 2015 onwards are likely to place more pressure on those rearing and finishing beef cattle.

By working with farmers, NFU Scotland believes the Scottish meat trade would send out a valuable confidence boost at a crucial time for the sector.

NFU Scotland President Nigel Miller said: “While producers can live with an element of volatility, we need to work hard to make sure that there is no repeat of the dramatic downward swing in the beef price being endured just now. Based on retailer requirements, clear messages on the number and specification of carcases needed by processors at an early stage can help deliver greater stability to all parties.

“We fully accept that any guidance from the meat trade would be subject to change in difficult market conditions but I believe clearer signals will be of value to producers in managing both feeding and marketing strategies on farm as we look forward to 2015 and beyond.

“We have asked QMS to look at how Scotland’s cattle kill profile has changed and whether that is contributing to price pressure. The national focus on spring calving and perhaps an increasing number of young bulls being produced by suckler herds may be factors that are exerting a level of pressure on the traditional pattern of prime cattle supplies at this time.

“If these core herd management factors are contributing to the current situation, then farmers can recognise it and look at ways of smoothing that peak of production.

“Producers are also acutely aware of the impact of the reduced Scottish herd and the challenges of maintaining the throughput of Scottish cattle at Scottish plants at certain periods of the year. Clearly English and some Irish cattle fill that gap in supply.

“In the present market conditions, with prices still moving down, the Scottish premium over Irish prime stock is closing and finished stock are reported to be standing on some Scottish farms.

“That means both breeders and key finishers are making tough decisions. The CAP support system post 2015 will be challenging for many beef producers and the market is now key to the future and will drive decision making.

“A continued strong commitment from Scottish processors to Scottish production and a positive operating environment is important to stabilise the market and bolster confidence.”

Download




Comments


No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

To post comment without approval login or register

Display name

Please enter your name

Email (optional)
Comment

Please enter your comment

Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.

Some error on your process.Please try one more time.



Jobs


13 May 2015
EC&I Engineer
That means we’re always looking at new and better ways of making energy, including renewables like wind farms, biomass and ma...

5 May 2015
Farm Labourer
Previous farm hand experience would be essential. Duties will be to attend to pigs and cattle and undertake all other associa...

5 May 2015
PACKHOUSE STAFF
Working on a farm for a busy pack house. Our client in Sittingbourne is looking for pack house staff to join their team!!...

14 May 2015
Regional Sales Manager - Europe Asia Pac
Experience in the compact construction equipment industry or high value asset, plant machinery, cranes, agriculture or trucks...

5 May 2015
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the Built Environment
Management, agriculture, business and management. Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the Built Environment....



Top stories you may have missed
15 May 2015 | Arable

Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead is calling on the Europ...


15 May 2015 | Finance

As the country settles down following the turmoil of the general election, ...


14 May 2015 | Animal Health

New research from the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge has found that ...


13 May 2015 | Animal Health

A new publication to help farmers prevent sheep lameness and offer advice o...


12 May 2015 | Agri Safety

The Farmers’ Union of Wales is putting the spotlight on Liver fluke at next...


5 May 2015 | News

The UK is now third in the global rankings for utility-scale solar energy a...


29 April 2015 | Agri Safety

A recent Rural Watch demonstration and information event gave Farmers’ Unio...


24 April 2015 | Meat Processing

Retailers should confirm their commitments to sourcing UK lamb this season,...


15 April 2015 | Meat Processing

A leading retailer has apologised after selling imported lamb in a Borders ...


9 April 2015 | Finance

The time has come for landlords to expect to see reductions in farm rents, ...