5 July 2002

Sheep rules stand for now

ALTHOUGH the government appreciates the concerns of the sheep industry, it has to find a replacement to the 20-day standstill which can cope with any future disease outbreak and allows the industry to work in as near a traditional manner as possible, junior DEFRA minister Elliot Morley has told visitors to the Royal Show, Stoneleigh, Warks.

"The sheep industry will not be allowed to return to the same situation as before foot-and-mouth, but we are working with the industry, through the National Sheep Association, to find practical solutions which allow producers to operate their businesses," said Mr Morley.

But he said that DEFRA had been pleased by the uptake of the National Scrapie Plan. He understood the concerns expressed by some hill producers who were still coming to terms with the practicalities of the scheme and because of F&M were some 12 months behind where they had planned to be with breeding programmes. &#42

Royal Show report contents.

News p14

Business p24

Livestock p46

Arable p58

Machinery p76