AGRICULTURE ministers of the 15 EU countries have agreed a seven-point plan to curb beef production. Consumption remains "considerably below normal" and is not expected to recover fully for two years while there is a big backlog of animals to be presented for slaughter later in the year, says the European Commission.

Main elements of the package are a reduction of the stocking density from two to 1.8 livestock units per hectare, reduced national quotas and lower premium payment rights.

At the same time, the EU is to introduce ...

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