Beef cattle eat straw in a pen at a market© Tim Scrivener
The mood in the beef trade, from the farmer’s point of view, is much brighter this year. This time in 2016, producers were criticising processors for bringing in stricter weight limits and deadweight grids at short notice. These included harsher penalties for animals outside supermarket specs. Abattoirs, the farming unions argued, were unfairly wiping millions off the value of cattle. Twelve months on, both the fat and store markets are firm. Even so, underlying tensions remain. Tougher enforcement of weight […]
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