Roger Williams MP raised the issue of the collapse of Beef Prices in Parliament. Prices for the best beef cattle are now approximately £250 less than 4 months ago.
DEFRA responded saying that with retailers and meat processing plants increasing their margins, and with the increase in imports both farmers and consumers are feeling the pinch.
Commenting the Lib Dem MP for Brecon & Radnorshire Roger Williams said: “The drop in beef prices has shaken the confidence of the whole beef supply chain.
Upland farmers in Brecon & Radnorshire and Wales produce top quality beef, but the cost of doing so is very high. Committing to rearing a calf that won’t be ready for two years needs assurance that the demand will be there after the costs have been incurred.”
Dear Rebecca Evans AM
Kirsty and I would like to congratulate you on your appointment with responsibility for Agriculture in the Welsh Government. It is truly a wonderful opportunity and we both look forward to working with you.
As you will know from your work as a Regional Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, stock rearing and red meat production is a very important part of Welsh Agriculture. Both beef and lamb have been affected by dramatic falls in prices. Beef down from 380p/kg to 312p/kg and lamb down from 520p/kg to 380p/kg deadweight. This drastic price reduction will make meat production unprofitable.
We would both call on you to work closely with Hybu Cig Cymru to promote Welsh Beef and Lamb through retail outlets and export. During your regular meetings with Supermarkets can you emphasise that without a decent price for meat, sheep flocks and cattle herds will decrease and Supermarkets’ access to the best of Welsh meat will be reduced?
We wish you all the best.
Roger Williams MP & Kirsty William AM