May 17, 2021


President Richard Douglas and members met 'virtually' by Zoom between 7.00 - 9.00 pm last evening on Monday 17th May 2021.

Following apologies from Asst Hon Treasurer Dave Marshall and Hon Lf Mmbr Gerald Paine, with a dry April and despite a wet May, members reported a bouyant trade in spite of Covid-19 restrictions and continued closure of foodservice and hospitality.
Home killed Lamb prices were causing some concern with deadweight prices reported between 770p-790p/kilo for whole Hogget and 870p-900p/kilo for whole New Season Lambs.
Hind Quarter cuts had been making 670p/kilo, while shoulders made1000p/kilo, and Long Ends at 1350p/kilo. Reflecting rises in Poultry and Lamb prices Pork and Beef prices had also risen slightly with Beef Roastings at 1000p/kilo and Ribs making as much as 1120p/kilo.

Hon Treasurer Paul Hambling reported healthy cash balances on LRMTA bank current and deposit bank accounts as well as continuing improvement in stock market and LRMTA Portfolio values.
It was agreed to re-vamp the LRMTA website; hold the LRMTA Annual Meeting and Luncheon at Butchers' Hall on a Monday during September; introduce member visits; and continue with Central Council virtual Zoom meetings.

Other items discussed were: National Craft Butchers East and Southeast Regional Meeting held on 26th April when discussion centred around Allergen declaration regulations coming in during October; new scale/labelling machines; Easter trading, reported as being 30-35% up on 2019 turnover levels; mixing ingredients for BBQ value added products. 

NEXT MEETING: 7.00 pm Monday 19th July 2021 by Zoom - Details and link from the Secretary by emailing: 
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