25 February 2000
Farmers’ Ferry in carcass plan

FARMERS FERRY, the producer-owned company which revived the live export trade, is to launch a business to boost carcass sales to overseas buyers.

Company bosses will officially unveil their plans at Frances Salon International de lAgriculture show in Paris on Monday (28 February).

But the business will be a sister company, aimed at developing the European market for carcasses rather than live animals, Farmers Weekly can reveal.

The carcass company will operate on the same principle as Farmers Ferry, which has exported about 1.2 million live sheep in the past 18 months.

The move is likely to be welcomed by animal welfare campaigners who oppose live exports because of the length of the journey to overseas destinations.