26 June 1998
End to beef ban is hot topic at Royal Highland

THE lifting of the ban on the export of beef was the hot topic at the Royal Highland Show yesterday, according to The Herald.

Some optimists thought it could be as near as the end of this year. Ian Kenny, agricultural support manager with the Royal Bank of Scotland, thought it might be late spring next year.

Kenny forecast that European authorities would want to see the computerised traceability system, based in Workington, Cumbria, up and running before they would consider a resumption of exports.

George Lyon, president of the National Farmers Union of Scotland, was one of the optimists who thought Scottish beef could be on the boats across the North Sea by the end of this year.

The beef industry had better news in the shape of figures from the Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC) which showed that British beef sales were £100 million higher – or 7% up – in the first quarter of this year.

Don Curry, chairman of the MLC, said local authorities were now looking closely at their ban on beef.

  • The Herald 26/06/98 page 26