Confidence is at rock bottom in sheep industry

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LIVESTOCK representatives from the UK farming unions have been meeting in London to discuss the on-going challenges facing the sheep industry.

The summit was called following a challenging year for producers which has seen farms hit by poor weather, a longer finishing period, rising costs, disease challenges and a marked drop in lamb prices over the past year.

The summit also heard from French, Spanish and Irish farming unions who outlined many of the same concerns via a conference call.

A joint industry statement said: “Confidence in the sheep sector is at rock bottom.”

“Factors such as the weather, rising costs and disease are contributing to make the ‘perfect storm’ and farmers are being left to produce lamb at less than the cost of production.

“All four UK unions have committed to pull together to address the challenge farmers in countries across the EU are facing from cheap New Zealand imports and pressure on farm margins.”