Cheap cattle imports hit beef price
Beef farmers say they are losing £1m a week in market income as processors import cheaper cattle from the Republic for slaughter.
The National Beef Association (NBA) says members are shocked after learning that 14.6% of Northern Ireland’s cattle kill in the last week in September was imported from the South, where stock is around £50 a head cheaper.
As a result local average prices fell as those in Britain rose. NBA chairman Oisin Murnion said: “During a Stormont debate earlier this week it was noted that beef farmers like ourselves were collectively losing £1m a week in market income as a result.”