NFU figures reveal British farmers lose £29 on every lamb they sell

THE NFU has said that farmers in Britain are now losing on average £29 for every lamb they sell at market after new figures revealed farm gate prices had dropped by a fifth in the past year.

With lamb prices at their lowest for three years the situation for farmers has been made worse by rising production costs due to the extreme weather in 2012. Impacts from the new lamb-deforming disease Schmallenberg are also being felt with the spring lamb season about to get underway.

The NFU is calling for retailers to demonstrate genuine commitment to their British suppliers and customers after a 22 per cent fall in the farmgate lamb price despite an increase in price on the supermarket shelves.


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