Skip to main content

Beef Production

Volume 884: debated on Thursday 23 January 1975

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what cost increases United Kingdom beef farmers have experienced over the last year; and to what extent this has been recouped by prices received for other products.

It is not possible to generalise about cost increases in the production of beef in view of the very wide variety of systems and conditions of production. Beef is produced with a variety of other products and it is not possible to assess the extent to which increased costs of beef production may have been recouped by increased returns from other products.

Statistical returns for slaughterings do not differentiate heifers in calf from other heifer slaughterings. Cow and bull slaughterings also are included together, although the proportion of bulls is very small. The information is as follows:

'000 head
Cows and Bulls707·4745·31,036·6
* Provisional.

Source: MAFF—Returns from public and licensed slaughterhouses.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much the slaughter premium and the variable premium have now cost the Exchequer; and to what extent this cost has been borne by the EEC Agricultural Fund.

The details relating to payments made up to 10th January 1975 are as follows:make a statement on his long-term plans for the beef industry, indicating what level of guaranteed prices producers will receive in the coming years; and if he will undertake that when this guarantee is implemented he will not revert to the situation between March and November 1974, when there was no guarantee to beef producers.

Discussions of these issues will be resumed at the next meeting of the Council of Agricultural Ministers on 10th to 11th February.