Diary calf grazing in a paddock© Jonathan Page
Beef production is worth nearly £2.76bn to the UK economy but making a profit without subsidies is a challenge on some commercial systems. In Wales, figures from the most recent Farm Business Survey reveal after rent and finance charges are deducted, the profit per hectare on lowland cattle and sheep farms is £187 compared with £192/ha received from the Basic Payment Scheme. In contrast, AHDB figures from 2015-16 show the top third of severely disadvantaged area (SDA) and lowland suckler […]