Castle Douglas to host beef market drop-in session

NFU Scotland’s livestock committee is to extend its programme of drop-in sessions at store sales around the country as farmer concerns about the beef market grow.

Beef prices are falling sharply and there are reports of waiting times of more than five weeks to get cattle into some abattoirs. This mirrors problems experienced in recent years and is hitting those selling prime cattle and causing concern for those with store animals to sell in the coming weeks.

Last week, the average deadweight price for Scottish steers was 328p per kg, compared to 359p per kg in the same week a year ago. Based on an average carcase weight of 370kg, prime animals are making almost £115 less per head than a year ago.

NFU Scotland Livestock Policy Manager John Sleigh, accompanied by Livestock committee members, attended the store sale in Dingwall market today (13 April) to meet beef producers and further drop-in sessions will take place at Huntly (23 April); Castle Douglas (25 April) and Lanark (3 May).

Meetings have already been held at St Boswells and UA Stirling.