Victory for livestock producers as DEFRA rules against 'rounding down' weighings in the abbattoir

Uk - Abattoirs have been told they need to stop the traditional practice of "rounding down" when weighing red meat carcasses.
calendar icon 22 November 2006
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The NFU has persuaded DEFRA to agree that farmers should be given an accurate weight for their beef, sheep and pigs instead of rounding them down to the nearest 0.5kg.

For example, previously, if a lamb carcass had weighed 18.4kg, only 18kg would have been be recorded - and paid on - meaning the farmer lost 0.4kg. In the past this meant a loss of about £1 a head.

Vice chairman of the NFU's livestock board, Malcolm Corbett, said: "We have been working hard with leaders in the red meat industry to eradicate the rounding down of deadweight carcasses and increase transparency in the supply chain.

"This victory is a good step in the right direction. However, the NFU livestock board will be monitoring the situation to ensure current prices are at least maintained."

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