30 August 1996

Beef second crack

FARMERS who incorrectly filled in forms under MAFFs Beef Marketing Scheme are to be given a five-day grace period, enabling them to resubmit claims.

MAFF reported a late rush of claims from beef producers for the scheme, which closed last Friday, but reported a number of form-filling administrative mistakes.

Europe has provided £29m for UK producers who marketed under-30-month cattle between Mar 20 and June 30. MAFF estimated that each animal sold would receive a top-up of £60, but full details will not be released until mid-September.

Bob Forster, NFU West Midlands regional director, blamed the number of mistakes on the complicated rules of the scheme, adding that some farmers had only submitted forms at the last minute because they were unaware that they qualified for grant support.

Auctioneer John Jones had no difficulty obtaining good prices for lambs at a packed Welshpool market on Monday (full details, p12).