20 September 1996

Feed rule plan welcome

MAFF proposals to relax strict feed rules under the beef assurance scheme have been welcomed by feed firms.

Junior farm minister Angela Browning announced this week that MAFF plans to scrap the rule requiring feed for qualifying herds to come from mills supplying ruminant rations only. It also plans to change the rules to allow producers who have fed concentrates from mills which can prove they have not used meat and bone in the past four years to enter the scheme.

The move follows protests from cattle breed societies and the feed companies trade body, UKASTA. They warned ministers that the extreme restrictions would exclude hundreds of producers. &#42