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Livestock Products - Meat and Livestock Inspections

Deadweight Price Reporting - Inspections Several hanging beef carcases - image courtesy of QMS

Deadweight price reporting is required by all abattoirs slaughtering more than 20,000 cattle annually. There are 8 such abattoirs in Scotland. Weekly prices and classifications from these abattiors are submitted to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Economics Department. These are collated in Brussels for all EU countries, to provide an average price for the EU. The Scottish Government's Meat and Livestock Inspectors inspect these price reporting premises quarterly.

The Meat and Livestock Inspectors visit premises to audit validation reports supplied by the AHDB against producer invoices and classification reports, for price and classification accuracy. Findings are reported to the Rural Payment Agency (RPA).