Beef Summit to meet today
NewsTuesday 01 July 2014
George Eustice has called for an industry Beef Summit after the repeated calls from the NFU due to the recent crash in farmgate prices.
The farming minister confirmed that the meeting will take place today (1st July 2014) in London.
Representatives from the whole supply chain will be in attendance including UK farming unions, processors and retailers.
Representing the NFU is the union’s President Meurig Raymond and livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe.
The summit has been called to cover three areas, which are:
- Understanding and solving the farmgate price crash
- Opening more export markets
- Improving the productivity of the beef farming sector
Mr Sercombe said that he was pleased that the minister had realised the need to get people around the table to thrash the issues out.
Speaking on the union’s website, he said: “The NFU has been stressing the need for an urgent cross-industry meeting to challenge all in the trade on the actions they are taking to deal with the current situation.
“Confidence among beef producers is at rock bottom due to the extreme price volatility that is damaging a sector with a production cycle over many years.
“We all need to work to ensure that consumers can continue to enjoy a sustainable supply of Red Tractor assured British beef and that all parts of the chain receive a sustainable reward from the market.”