2001

By James Garner

SHEEP exports will be back on the agenda of the standing veterinary committee again next week.

The industry is keeping everything crossed that shipments will be allowed to resume, even though trading will be constrained by tight rules.

Similar proposals were rejected at the last SVC meeting, and a UK government source has said: “It is very finely balanced and could go either way.”

If the restriction is lifted it would initially be for the same 33 counties which are currently allowed to export beef – those that have never had a case of F&M.

Farmers First, the lamb export and processing business, is gearing up to export lambs as soon as the trade resumes.

“The price on the Continent is very high at the moment. We would see a full order book, which is encouraging,” says the groups marketing manager Mike Gooding.

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