Norwegian consumers are facing new shortages following signals a lack of butter could lead to less beef.
Not only are there 5,000 fewer cows than last year, farmers are hanging on to their animals longer pre-slaughterhouse in the struggle to meet increased milk quotas.
General beef production levels have also sunk over time. Meat giant and 17,800 farmer-strong cooperative Nortura has now issued warnings of a potential deficit.
“There are normally fewer cows for slaughter at this time of year, but the butter crisis means there are even less now”, public relations manager Ellen Flø Skagen tells NRK, “consumers may find certain products are sold out in the supermarkets.”
“Norwegian beef production is lower than demand. We would have had far too little on the shelves if it were not for imports,” she concludes, saying Nortura will now be asking the government to come up with a national strategy to increase production.
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