Deadweight prices for beef cattle are falling as farmers scramble to claim their last subsidies before January 1.
National Beef Association chief executive Robert Forster said there was “unusually heavy unloading” of animals by farmers anticipating the arrival of the new single farm payment, which is not linked to production. “They want to claim their last slaughter premium of £54 per animal,” he said. Beef cattle are selling for 176p/kg deadweight compared with 198p in August.