Food and farming industry representatives have issued a stark warning about the negative impact of a “no-deal” Brexit, following publication of the latest “technical notes” by Defra.
Food and Drink Federation (FDF) chief executive Ian Wright described such an outcome as “grisly”, saying it would bring chaos to the ports, serious disruption to food supplies, increased business costs and rising consumer prices.
NFU president Minette Batters agreed a ”no-deal” Brexit would be “catastrophic for British agriculture”, with farmers facing “an immediate trade embargo for many of their products, which would severely threaten livelihoods and businesses”.
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During the week ending September 9, the average R3 heifer price in the EU was 384.5c/kg – an increase of 2.4c/kg from 382.1c/kg in the week ending August 12.
According to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), Britain moved into first place on the league table during the week ending September 9, with an equivalent price of 418.1c/kg. This was a 16.3c/kg increase from the 401.8c/kg paid during the week ending August 12.
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As has been the case over the previous few weeks, spring lamb base quotes continue to remain under pressure in plants across the country.
As it stands, the majority of major lamb buyers are offering 450-460c/kg (excluding Quality Assurance (QA) bonuses) for suitably-fleshed lambs.
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Top European Union politicians must ensure there is no Mercosur deal on beef while Brexit remains unresolved, the Ulster Farmers’ Union has said.
The comment came as European Commission officials hold talks in Uruguay with prominent South American politicians representing Mercosur.
The Latin American trade bloc consists of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
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Russia’s Federal Veterinary Service has halted the import of meat products from Bulgaria.
The decision was taken due to concerns about the recent discovery of the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus in Bulgarian pigs. The restrictions also apply to live pigs, pig embryos and boar sperm, as well as sheep and goat products.