30 November 2001

Pushing UK exports

Regaining our position as a

world-class livestock exporter

is important for a whole raft of

reasons, explains MLC livestock

export manager Henry Lewis,

one of those speaking at the

seminars at AgriVision on

Dec 5 and 6 at the NAC.

BRITAIN is in a good position to be a livestock exporter; it has the strength of breeds, breeders and breeding companies in what is a global business.

Why it matters

Exporting and competing in the global genetics business brings in new money to the domestic breeding industry, helping to buffer it from the ups and downs of the home market. British producers benefit from the hidden subsidy created by exports and also by having front-line access to top genetics from a vigorous industry.

Virtually all export markets were lost through foot-and-mouth, having already suffered through BSE and CSF. There are now some openings and promising signals from overseas to help us claw our way back. A key factor is the need to have agreed certification on sanitary matters before any meat and livestock exports can be brought about.

The task of agreeing the certificates with other governments falls on the Animal Health Inter-national Trade Group within DEFRA and the success or otherwise of regaining markets depends on the resources and successes of this group.

What can we do to help?

Clearly this is a time for collaboration, self-help and active marketing. A group of specialist exporters and breeders have set up the British Livestock Genetics Consortium (BLG), with help from the MLC.

The consortium aims to be an industry-wide body dedicated to developing the export trade for all breeding livestock. Its work will be funded by member subscriptions from breeding companies, breed societies, exports and individual breeders, as well as support from industry bodies such as the MLC and government.

As an umbrella organisation for British genetics exports, participants will benefit from the economies of co-operation. Direct sales leads and market information will be fed back to members, who will also benefit from the networking and contacts that this corporate activity brings.

Activities will include participation at key exhibitions, inward and outward mission support and liaison with Governments in UK and abroad.

Looking for franchise info?

COMING to AgriVision next week and interested in taking on a franchise as a way of diversifying? The British Franchise Assoc-iation will be running a forum explaining the benefits of investing in an accredited franchise business. This will take place on Dec 5, 2001 at the offices of the British Association of Landscape Industries at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, Warks and will run from 10am until 12 noon.

The forum, sponsored by The Bank of Scotland, will include a series of presentations covering all aspects of franchising from finance to franchise suitability. Speakers will include Simon Wise, deputy director-general of the British Franchise Association, Mark Pavis, director of franchising for The Bank of Scotland, Melvin Lusty, managing director of Rainbow International, Judy Behl, managing director of Scenic Blue and a franchise owner from Oscar Pet Foods.

There will be a chance to talk individually to the speakers and to farmers who have turned to franchising.

For further information on the forum, call Scenic Blue (0800 7833428) or The British Franchise Association (01491-578049).