Farmers already excited about the positive impact of exports
on their businesses will get an up to date analysis of current,
and future, developments if they attend the National Beef Association's
annual meeting at Hexham in Northumberland on Wednesday May 24th.
The main speakers are the Meat and Livestock Commission's export
development specialist, Jean-Pierre Garnier, and Portuguese beef
importer, Senor Diogo Macedo, and each will be able to refer
to actual market responses to export re-opening which began on
May 3rd when delivering their assessment of the most likely direction
this new trade in beef will take.
The meeting, which is being staged at 1pm at Hexham Auction
Mart, will be preceded by a special sale of beef breeding stock
which begins at 12 noon at the same venue.
"There has already been a noticeable price response in
the cull cow market which is being fuelled by the re-opening
of important new outlets in France and the Netherlands," explained
NBA chief executive, Robert Forster.
"The demand tug created by the rapidly expanding beef deficit
on the EU market is expected to result in the overall UK cow
average hitting Republic of Ireland levels later this month which
is much earlier than even the most optimistic forecaster had
"And it is now expected that the price impact on the prime
cattle market will be more or less fully evident by the end of
first full week in June so one of the most important profit/loss
markers in the industry will not be long in coming."
The NBA is hoping that members from across Northern England
and Southern Scotland will attend this important meeting which
is the first the Association has staged at its new, national
headquarters, on the Hexham market site.
"The encouraging rise in cull cow values is important for
all suckled calf breeders because it will reduce the cost of
breeding heifer replacements by around £40 a year," said
"The benefits could be even higher if more breeders cull
out cows after their fifth or sixth calf while they still have
a high market value and less cows are wasted because they are
sold when they are too old or have to be diverted through the
Fallen Stock Scheme."
"Jean-Pierre Garnier will be able to provide a realistic
update on cow beef export issues across all 25 EU countries and
will also comment on developments on the prime beef market too."
"So far the indications have been extremely positive with
typical commercial steers selling for 115p liveweight (210p deadweight)
across the North of England and values of 125p (225p) recorded
in the North of Scotland."
"And Senor Macedo has longstanding experience of buying
beef from other EU countries over the period these markets were
shut to the British industry so we expect him to be able to give
an indication of the wide range of carcase types that will be
wanted as well as list the weight, age and leanness of the ideal
beef animal for the main markets which will give suckled calf
producers more exact targets to aim at."
"In addition to this we anticipate a number of questions
from the floor and would be surprised if queries on the development
of live sales of weaned calves to Spain and Italy were not among
Presentations by these export specialists will be immediately
preceded by an AGM at which Mr Burrell will give his first chairman's
report. It will be followed immediately by an EGM at which a
motion to remove Keith Redpath from the board of directors will
be put to the membership.
Fight to establish post-export price levels for prime cattle has begun
fuelled price rises not enough on own to rescue beef industry
AGM in Hexham a "must attend" meeting
to Better Returns from Beef and Sheep
Too many cull cow casualties wasted