Beef and pig farmers see tiny rise in share of retail price

The producer’s share of the retail pork price increased for the second consecutive month in June, but still remains at historically low levels.

The farmer’s share rose from 32% to 33%, which is the highest level in 2016 so far, according to latest figures from AHDB Pork.

However, this figure is still two percentage points down on where it was in June 2015.

See also: Beef farmers’ share of retail price must reflect the risks

While the farmgate price has continued to rise since March, the retail price has remained unchanged from May to June.

Overall, the price received by producers was 9% lower than a year before, while retail prices had fallen by only 4% compared with June 2015.

Beef

Beef farmers also saw close to a 1% increase in the retail share, reaching 46.5% in June 2016.

However, this is nearly 2% lower than in June 2015 and means farmers’ share of the final price for beef has been less than 50% since March 2015.

NFU Scotland warned last month that consumers would be astonished to discover that farmers currently receive less than half of the price shoppers pay in the supermarket.

The union is calling for farmers’ returns to more properly reflect the risks they face as producers of beef.

Lamb

In contrast, sheep farmers saw their share of the lamb price drop by nearly 2% to 51.7% between May and June 2016.

Despite an increase in the retail price of lamb from 804p/kg to 810p/kg, the farmgate price fell back from 430p/kg to 419p/kg in June 2016.

While this is still more than one percentage point higher than in June 2015, it is significantly lower than in June 2015, when the farmer’s share was just under 60%.

Farmers’ share of retail price June 2012-June 2016

Product

June 2012

June 2013

June 2014

June 2015

June 2016

Beef

53.5%

59.1%

46.4%

48.2%

46.5%

Lamb

54.6%

62%

59.7%

50.0%

51.7%

Pork

39.7%

46.7%

42.3%

35.1%

33.1%

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