Weather causes uncertainty for Welsh red meat

The snowfall and cold weather that has affected North Wales in recent weeks has been forecast to severely impact the Welsh red meat industry, claimed promotion agency Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC).

Chief executive of HCC Gwyn Howells confirmed that farmers in north and mid-Wales have been significantly affected by the weather.

He explained: “We are expecting to see a reduced lamb crop this year as the areas which have been worst-affected by the freezing conditions are places where sheep farming and lamb production are important parts of the local economy.

Claiming the full impact will not be seen yet, Howells says farmers will have to wait until the snow melts to access their livestock.

“Farmers are also facing increases in the cost of producing lamb in the coming months as the weather conditions are forcing them to buy in more feed,” he added.

North Wales was hit by severe weather conditions on 21 March, which resulted in a huge loss of sheep. Farmers are now struggling with the repercussions.

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