The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has mentioned the “relentless strain” placed on farmers from processors during the last variety of weeks is unacceptable.
The union mentioned farmers throughout Northern Eire are shedding confidence in the way forward for farming as excessive prices of manufacturing proceed.
UFU president David Brown mentioned processors are including to their burden as they proceed to drop costs at an already troublesome time for farmers.
“My telephone has not cooled during the last variety of weeks with dairy, beef and sheep farmers throughout NI in desperation after the newest drop in costs, with no justification nor reasoning,” he mentioned.
“What we have now is a case of follow-the-leader. As soon as one processor drops the value, the others comply with go well with.”
By way of dairy, Brown mentioned that though commodity costs have weakened, dairy corporations put product into totally different markets which ought to imply differing returns.
“Nevertheless, what we’re seeing is a decreasing differential between the best and lowest paying processors,” he mentioned.
“The speedy discount in milk costs since late 2022 has outpaced any fall in enter costs.”
Brown mentioned beef costs have additionally “fallen considerably” by over £120/head and lamb has dropped by over £30/head.
“Because of this the break even by way of price of manufacturing is widening and on a regular basis our farmers are shedding,” he mentioned.
“We will’t have processors undermining farmers’ confidence. How can farmers be anticipated to provide top quality meals to world main requirements and obtain lower than it prices to provide as a return? It’s merely neither viable nor sustainable.”
“The wettest July on file has been headline information – however what just isn’t being highlighted is that as a result of unseasonably moist floor circumstances, livestock are having to be housed a lot sooner than anticipated when they need to be exterior grazing,” Brown mentioned.
“Livestock are having to be fed bought-in feed or in some instances, opening the primary lower of silage including extra price and strain for farmers, while feed and fertiliser costs stay at file ranges.”
Brown mentioned arable and horticulture growers have additionally been hit arduous by the climate, as they proceed to attempt to harvest their crops.
“These falls in costs couldn’t have come at a worse time,” he mentioned.
“I encourage members to contact their processors and board members and ask why the costs are falling and to pay one of the best worth they will moderately than main any race to the underside.
“Processors and board members should now hearken to the priority of their suppliers.”