Turkish butchers struggle with feed prices

12-04-2007 | |

A price increase of 40% for animal feed, coupled with an unexpectedly mild winter, has made Turkish producers to send their animals for slaughter prematurely. As a result, the red meat supply is up and red meat discount prices have dropped by 5-10% compared to last year.

A sack of animal feed last year cost YTL 16 (€8.65),
whereas today’s price is YTL 28 (€15.12), acoording to Arif Karaoglu, Head of
the Polatli Buthers Association. Because cattle producers in Turkey depend on foreign supplies for
animal feed, the animal feed problem needs to be solved as quickly as possible
in order for animal breeding to continue to develop in the country, according to
Butchers Federation President Fazli Yalcindag.

Animal feed subsidy
predicts a drop in sale meat prices and the increase in slaughtering will
continue due to the high price of animal feed. Ünlüer also underlined the fact
that small and medium-size facilities are leaving the stock breeding business,
thus prioritizing the need for the animal feed subsidy to be provided. “The 8%
VAT in meat and 18% VAT in processed meat should be lowered and animal stock
should be improved. If all these issues are not resolved, Turkey would face a
drastically negative picture.” 

Expand facilities
prices in animal feed are a problem around the
world, Bahçivan said, and small-size facilities are mostly affected by this
issue. “Turkey can’t do anything by itself. Prices of agricultural products are
increasing worldwide. What needs to be done is to expand facilities. The
trouble small-size facilities face about costs is obvious.”

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