Sunday, December 3, 2023
HomeFarmlifeLetter of the Week: We should act now to understand beef alternatives

Letter of the Week: We should act now to understand beef alternatives

Scottish and UK beef producers have a small window by which they maintain the playing cards within the provide chain.

Sadly, because of an absence of willingness to co-operate or collaborate at virtually any important degree, all we’ll see is short-term acquire and beef finishers complaining about how a lot tax they’re paying the exchequer.

What a terrific alternative it could be to offset a few of that tax by shopping for up one of many massive UK abattoirs at present in the marketplace.

As a result of if the present window of alternative isn’t capitalised on, we danger seeing international beef swamp us in a yr’s time.

There is no such thing as a higher instance than the flood of New Zealand lamb on the home market this winter, with authorities and retailers eager to cut back inflation and slash prices.

With a historic lack of long-term funding in enhancing consuming high quality, the UK beef sector is perhaps weak to non-EU beef with each glorious consuming high quality and decrease prices of manufacturing.

The trade wants management and should strike whereas the iron is sizzling.

Jonny Williams
Earlston, Scottish Borders



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