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An imbalance in the supply and demand for different cuts of meat has arisen. There is increasing demand for meat products such as mince from the supermarkets, but decreasing demand for the more expensive cuts such as steaks and roasting joints due to the shutdown of restaurants and pubs. As a farmer in one of the following articles puts it "we cannot sell only half an animal". Supermarkets are therefore being urged to promote joints and other cuts. There is a good supply of meat - beef, lamb, pork - but the demand for mince may become unsustainable.

The following articles and links offer more information:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-52235934

https://www.farminguk.com/news/coronavirus-nfu-urges-retailers-to-promote-cuts-of-meat-in-store_55408.html

https://www.nfuonline.com/news/media-centre/press-releases/coronavirus-supply-chain-urged-to-play-its-part-supporting-british-livestock-farmers/