Farmers meet over beef crisis

Farmers, butchers and NFU meet in Somerset today to discuss what they claim is a crisis facing the beef industry.

Farmers meet to discuss West Country's Beef crisis

A meeting was held today aimed at trying to solve the latest crisis facing the West's beef industry - Farmers say they're struggling and some are even considering giving up.

Prices have plummeted in recent months, with a 20% fall in the price per kilo compared with this time last year. The cut the farmers get from supermarkets has also gone down to less than 50%. It's led to losses of up to £200 per cow.

Not surprisingly there are now fears that an increasing number will quit the industry. Bob Cruwys sent this report.

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Somerset farmers say beef industry faces crisis

Somerset beef farmer Stuart Clatworthy talks to NFU County Advisor Alex Stevens about the crisis facing his industry. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Farmers, butchers and NFU are meeting in Somerset today to discuss what they claim is a crisis facing the beef industry.

Stuart Clatworthy, beef farmer, says "We've taken a 25% cut in prices, which no other industry could do. In the farming community we always take it on the chin, we always brush it off, but there's a breaking point and in a minute we will reach that breaking point."

"There's too much imported meat coming in here. The public wants cheap beef but it's the British farmer who's got to suffer".