Why deadweight

Hfd Cattle

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Hereford
With the abattoirs currently trying to pull prices back and the live selling buoyant why do so many drive past a livestock market to go to an abattoir ?
Is it due to costs or habit ......
 

Tim W

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Location
Wiltshire
With the abattoirs currently trying to pull prices back and the live selling buoyant why do so many drive past a livestock market to go to an abattoir ?
Is it due to costs or habit ......
There's pros and cons for both ---it's an age old argument which will be done to death yet again i guess

For me (and it's not everyone's priority) although i use stock markets on occasion i think they are a poor option because;
1) Animal welfare---They extend times animals are in transit/loadings & unloadings /wait around on their way to an abattoir
2) Disease control---every place that animals gather from many different farms and then sometimes disperse from again means an opportunity to spread disease---scab/MV etc

On the plus side they provide good social points for farmers and some do a cracking breakfast

Long may the choice continue
 

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