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3:07pm 6th June 2014
(Updated 3:07pm 6th June 2014)

Some farmers at the Royal Cornwall Show warn they risk going out of business because of plummeting beef prices.

They have seen a 14% fall in the last year.

That is despite promises from buyers after the horsemeat scandal.

Defra minister and north Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson insists the government is helping: "For example the protected status for Westcountry beef and lamb showing what a great product we've got. We've provided the grocery code adjudicator who's there to check that supermarkets are behaving fairly and that's something the government's put in place to help with that so there are things we can do.

"What we can't do is step in and dictate market prices, that's not what the government is about. But we want, through the use of the grocery code adjudicator, to make sure that the system is operating fairly."

Chairman of Cornwall's NFU, Brian Trewin, has beef and sheep near Launceston, He said: "Everybody is worried if they don't get a good return, everybody needs a profit to survive, and profit seems to be a dirty word to the farmer but not to the supermarkets.

"A lot of people are losing £200 an animal, if that continues there will be a knock on affect in the autumn when they come to sell their calves; they will be wanting to knock the prices of those down because of the future prices of beef."

3:07pm 6th June 2014

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