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Cattle passport bill could hit 18m

09 July 1999
Cattle passport bill could hit £18m

LIVESTOCK producers will have to fork out £18 million once the cost of cattle passports is passed back to farmers, claims the National Farmers Union. …more…


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Cattle passport bill could hit 18m

09 July 1999
Cattle passport bill could hit £18m

LIVESTOCK producers will have to fork out £18 million once the cost of cattle passports is passed back to farmers, claims the National Farmers Union. …more…



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Cattle passport bill could hit 18m

09 July 1999
Cattle passport bill could hit £18m

By FWi staff

LIVESTOCK producers will have to fork out £18 million once the cost of cattle passports is passed back to farmers, claims the National Farmers Union.

After funding the British Cattle Movement Service for its first year, the Government proposes to cease funding the running costs from September.

Farmers are expected to have to pay £7 for each passport, junior agriculture minister Jeff Rooker told the House of Commons yesterday (Thursday).

That is the equivalent to £18m a year, according to NFU President Ben Gill, who said the move would impose yet more costs on hard-pressed beef and dairy farmers.

The industry is still struggling to cope with the ban on beef exports, low cattle and milk prices and costs not borne by producers in other European countries, he said.

The Government also intends to withdraw assistance to British cattle farmers through the Calf Processing Aid Scheme (CPAS) at the end of this month.

Mr Gill said: “Britains beef and dairy farmers simply cannot afford any more cuts in their already pathetic returns.”

The industry has no more in its pocket, added Mr Gill.

“Low calf prices have made national headlines and these extra costs, in addition to the end of the CPAS, give me grave concerns about the future for Britains livestock farmers.”

The union has also voiced concerned at the possibility that cattle passports will not be issued to livestock producers until payment is received.

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