Union meets NIMEA

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The UFU has met the NI Meat Exporters to discuss a number of issues related to the livestock sector.

Of primary concern at present is the lamb trade in Northern Ireland. Prices fell sharply last month for a variety of reasons, including exchange rate, over-supply of hoggets and difficulties with new EU labelling laws.

The UFU highlighted that farmers were very concerned about the price differential that has opened up, with NI prices lagging well behind ROI and the rest of the UK and that prices needed to improve urgently in order to help cover high production costs and leave farmers with a reasonable margin.

At the meeting the UFU also highlighted concerns about the limited options for casualty cattle there are now in Northern Ireland and that the processors needed to be part of a solution which ensures that localised options are available for farmers and that a fair price is available for these animals.