Brexit hit to East Anglian turkey farmers – union

Image copyright PA Image caption Sheep will be herded to storage and farms will close East Anglian turkey farmers are warning that the harvest of about 100,000 turkeys a week will be disrupted this…

Brexit hit to East Anglian turkey farmers - union

Image copyright PA Image caption Sheep will be herded to storage and farms will close

East Anglian turkey farmers are warning that the harvest of about 100,000 turkeys a week will be disrupted this year by the impact of Brexit.

The National Farmers Union says it is considering action to ease the impact on the industry.

National chief executive Doug McCulloch said the forecast delay to any new trade deal could cost the industry £1.1m a day.

He added that some parts of the region’s poultry farms were likely to close.

“One farmer told me, ‘Doug, I’m thinking about closing my operation’,” he said.

“I can’t speak for every farmer but that’s what we’re looking at, particularly in farms where we need to reduce our breeder stock, we have been cut off.

“There is a logistical cost to keep two-thirds of the birds in the cold rather than shipping them from the other side of the Channel.

Image copyright NFU Image caption Tighter controls will have to be imposed on freighted items

“Whatever we can do to avoid it we will do, but we are definitely having to stockpile.”

A British Poultry Council survey of 1,867 retailers found that only one in eight had any plans to stockpile meat or poultry.

“That’s an exaggeration, because they were under the illusion that they could stockpile it,” Mr McCulloch said.

“In the short term if the stockpiling of sheep continues, it won’t have a significant impact on meat but could cause problems later in the year.”

Tight rules on the movement of UK goods out of the country will apply to all goods entering the country from October 2019, due to the UK leaving the European Union.

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