14 June 1996

Secured future with assurance

FARM Assured British Beef and Lamb membership has doubled in the past two months, revealed Tim Green, the schemes development manager, at North Sheep.

Mr Green said there were 4000 members at the point the BSE crisis broke out. To date national membership had increased to 8000.

"Since the BSE crisis, supermarkets have decreed they will only source FABBL stock and farmers are responding to secure their market," said Mr Green.

He accepted industry criticism that FABBLs criteria are not stringent enough and said they were taking steps to improve.