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EBLEX Alert On Forward Contracts

Beef producers should do their sums carefully before entering into a forward contract, says EBLEX.

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BEEF farmers have been cautioned to take great care before locking themselves into a forward contract which could see them out of pocket.

Although these contracts can be a useful way to reduce the financial risks of beef production and help buyers get the right cattle delivered at the right time, there can be pitfalls for the producer, says the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).

In its latest “Beef Action For Profit” leaflet, beef farmers are told they need to understand how forward contracts work and whether they are right for their own business before taking the plunge.

Guidelines for use when considering such a contract include:

  • Understanding production costs and cattle performance to assess the financial implications of a forward contract.
  • Choosing the right sort of forward contract for your system
  • Ensuring details of specifications required are set in advance - and that they are realistic.
  • Knowing the financial penalty for failing to deliver is usually based on the cost difference of filling the contract at market prices.
Nick Allen, EBLEX Senior Regional Manager, said: “Forward contracts can be extremely useful but they don’t suit every producer.”

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