Scottish Beef producers need an advance on SFP to avoid crisis.

The chairman of the National Beef Association Scotland, Hamish McBean, says that beef producers in Scotland need an advance on 2010's single payment to alleviate the crisis facing beef producers as a result of the disastrous harvest.

Several other EU member states have managed to negotiate an advance and Mr McBean suggests that the Scottish Government would be well advised to join them.

“If farmers in the Republic of Ireland and on the Continent can get an advance on the SFP to maintain their cash flow, surely the Scottish Government can negotiate the same deal for us?” says Mr McBean.

“The rise in feed costs, due to shortages and high transport costs, has coincided with a 29 per cent drop in real terms in farm gate prices for beef since 1990, which means that finishers may lack both the funds and, more significantly the confidence, to buy freely at this autumn’s store cattle sales,” he suggests.

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