NFU Deadweight Market Transparency Survey

Lamb Carcases_44351

Source: AHDB

Deadweight Market Transparency Survey

Fancy an NFU fleece? Complete our survey and upload kill sheets and payment specification to receive your free fleece!

Livestock farmers have long called for greater access to open and accurate information when marketing their stock deadweight. This issue is constantly raised by members and improving the position and consistency of the information the farmer receives from the supply chain is a key aim for the NFU livestock team.

As part of the NFU’s ongoing work to help provide producers with access to clear, comparable pricing information, the livestock team is collecting data from members on the specifications, levied charges and individual processor terms and conditions from both beef and lamb processors.

The focus will specifically be on:

  • Variations in dressing specs
  •  Payment grid changes
  •  Weighing and grading specification
  •  Deductions relating to movements, residencies, max carcass weights, breed, insurance, classification and anti/post-mortem inspection
  • Rounding down
  • Hot-cold rebate issues

The survey

We are asking individual producers to complete a short questionnaire and upload kill sheets and specification sheets for beef and lamb for the following time periods:

  1. July 2017
  2. February 2017
  3. November 2016
  4. Other month between December 2016 and June 2017

The data from this survey will then be analysed and collated to create a report providing an accurate and transparent comparison of processor pricings and specifications across England & Wales.

Click here to start the survey

Example kill sheet

Kill Sheet Example_45278

Example specifications sheet

Specifications Sheet_44353

For further information/assistance please call NFU CallFirst 0370 845 8458



  • Posted by: bill rawdingPosted on: 11/08/2017 23:26:19

    Comment: be careful what you wish for.The only thing that will come of this is the abbatoirs with lower deductions will be alerted to what they can increase there charges too. However if suppliers are supplying exactly what is required charges can be negotiated away!

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