Dunbia signs export agreement for Beltex sheep

Red meat processor Dunbia has launched an export marketing agreement with the Beltex Sheep Society, with a premium of up to 30p/kg on selected lambs. Up to 1,200 Beltex cross sheep will be sold every week to an agreed Belgian buyer.

Dunbia’s export sales manager Michael Dundon said: “Belgian butchers are very discerning. They are seeking best-shape carcases – and Beltex cross lambs match their requirements. In return, British producers deserve the best price for their stock, and it’s one we are prepared to pay.
“We firmly believe there is potential to build on the current export target of 1,200 lambs per week, both in Belgium and to commence penetrating the French market,” he added.

To be part of the Beltex and Dunbia export scheme, lambs need to be sired by a registered Beltex ram and finished between 15kg and 21kg deadweight. All animals will be processed at Dunbia’s Preston plant, and the company will pay a premium of 10p/kg, on top of the existing premiums of 10p/kg for lambs grading U2 and U3L, and 20p/kg for E2 and E3L lambs.

Beltex Sheep Society chairman Maimie Paterson said: “We welcome this new opportunity, accompanied by an exclusive arrangement, to work with a leading processor which will reward commercial producers using a registered Beltex ram to achieve the premium lambs required by a very specific and expanding market.

“We are confident that Dunbia’s attractive offer will not only achieve a positive response from farmers already producing Beltex cross lambs, but also encourage other commercial producers to make a first-time purchase of a registered Beltex ram to supply the new arrangement.”

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