814: Feeding Britain – beef and sheep meat

‘Feeding Britain’ examines food production and security in Britain. The Smith Institute asked Dr John Bridge (chairman of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board) and Nick Johnson (research fellow at the Smith Institute) to edit a collection of essays around the subject. This paper is by Richard Lowe, Chief Executive of EBLEX. Other sectors are being reviewed in other papers in this series.

Year of Publication2009

Despite relatively firm cattle and sheep prices during 2008, the marketplace does not provide a return to producers that adequately covers costs and allows for investment. Better relationships across supply chains and a legal, economic, policy and regulatory framework that fosters fair competition and a strong infrastructure are also needed. The government can also help to sow the seeds for future improvements in production efficiency through increased spending on R&D but effective knowledge transfer is a key factor too.

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profits knowledge transfer production efficiency r d
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