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The way ahead for the British beef industry

An evaluation of the effects of changes in farm support payments on the demand for beef, the profitability of the industry and its future size.

Year of Publication2005

Decoupling of farm support payments from production is making beef producers look long and hard about whether they stay with beef cattle and some estimates forecast a reduction of more than a third in the size of the UK industry. On the other hand demand for beef is good and there is potential for this country to produce good value, high quality, grass-fed beef on high animal health and welfare systems which are good for the environment and which is logistically simple to get to consumers. However this will only happen if producers can cut their costs by about 25 per cent and buyers can increase the prices they pay by a similar amount. So far there is little evidence that retailers properly understand the significance of the change in the support system.

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single farm paymentgrass fed beefeu welfare standards
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