Inadequate price differentials to reward quality are usually blamed by sheep producers for the low or erratic standard of UK lambs, and Richard Cracknell tempered his criticism by admitting there might be some truth in this. "The live auction system still gets in the way of sending back clear market signals to producers," he said. "We try to buy as many on deadweight contracts as we can and pay better better prices for better quality. "However, we remain heavily dependent on the live auction system to ensure seasonal availability and maybe some of the fault also lies with us in that we don't pay more for good animals and penalise those farmers who do not do a good job." {{MEAT }}

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