RED Meat Industry Forum Farm Business Clubs can make a real difference
to farmers' bottom lines was the message from Clare Wise, RMIF's
on-farm project manager speaking at the Oxford
Farming Conference on 4 January.
An independent evaluation carried out by Imperial College London
showed that 85 percent of Club members expected the changes they
had put in place to impact on their profitability within the next
Of the 85 percent, members' income and net profit was expected
to increase by at least 5 percent, with some reporting an expected
30 percent improvement.
The RMIF has several projects to help businesses throughout the
whole red meat supply chain. The same independent evaluation recognised
that if a realistic number of businesses implemented RMIF programmes,
the industry could save around half a billion pounds a year.
Clare Wise said: "Farm Business Clubs offer so much more
than discussion and benchmarking - they are making real, quantifiable
differences to farm businesses around the country. All this works
towards a more sustainable red meat industry."
RMIF Chairman Peter Barr said: "With size comes responsibility." He
has challenged retailers to support a more sustainable way of working
with their British supply chains and believes there are signs that
this is starting to take place. He stressed the importance of Farm
Business Clubs in this process, helping farmers to understand their
customers' needs and their true costs of production.
About the RMIF
The Red Meat Industry Forum was set up in 2001 by Defra, NFU,
IGD and MLC
with the aim of improving competitiveness and profitability in
and red meat industry.
the red meat supply chain
Meat Industry Forum - a good return on investment