In 2010, the R4L
partners conducted an infrastructure review and a user experience review to assess R4L
programs and their influence on the participation of developing countries in the global research community .
The only disappointing notes in an otherwise encouraging trade were an overall deadweight average of just 170p for steers and heifers in Northern Ireland, and only 178p for R4L
carcasses in the South West.
steers killed in the Midlands region levelled out at just 71.
The only notable improvement was in young bull classifications, where the number hitting R4L
or better increased from 48% to 53% - but this remained below the 57% recorded in 2009.
Official estimates of UK production put beef output last month [May] nearly 12% lower than a year earlier, yet the MLC's survey of processors indicated the deadweight value of an R4L
steer in England and Wales was at least a couple of pence per kilo softer.
Best known was St Merryn at Bodmin, "who held their promise to pay 168p" at a time when competitors were paying down to 160p for R4L
The NBA calculates the price of a 320kg R4L
steer carcase has fallen more than 28 [pounds sterling] since late January, whereas a similar 600kg live beast sold at auction has lost less than 18 [pounds sterling].
According to the NBA some of the biggest falls have been in Scotland where - with the exception of Scotbeef which is reported to have dropped the value of its standard R4L
steers by 5p a deadweight kilo - there has been a general 7p fall with threats of another 8p drop next week.
Latest MLC estimates of deadweight prices show an R4L
steer worth on average 1.
The year-on-year decline in prime cattle slaughterings of more than 5% recorded over the first five months of 2008 has been one of the main reasons behind the dramatic increase in beef prices seen so far this year, with R4L
steer prices rising by fully 30%.
The GB average for R4L
steer and heifer carcases is rapidly approaching 280p and current predictions, from Brazil itself, are that even Brazilian cattle will be selling for about 200p deadweight in sterling terms by the end of the year.
Stabiliser sired cattle bred from Signet recorded suckler herds will be eligible to join the scheme which requires finishing within 24 months off forage based systems to 300kg to 380kg target weight and grade R4L