22 November 1999
Causes of the crisis in livestock farming

Causes:

  1. Wrong political party in power – theyre urbanites;
  2. Vegetarianism on the increase due to adverse publicity – BSE, antibiotics, welfare issues and propaganda.
Solutions:
  1. Publicity extolling the benefits of eating meat;
  2. Comparing our welfare to that in other countries;
  3. Finding out why there is such a differential between prices at farm gate and prices in the shops.

To help livestock farmers survive we need a proactive group to fight on our behalf – not necessarily farmers, but possibly an advertising agency whose sole aim in life is to sell a product to the general public.

Any ideas on how to finance it before it is too late?

  • Mike Nightwood, West Grimstead, Wiltshire
    Email: m.e.l@farmersweekly.net