09 April 1998
SNFU backs assurance schemes

THE National Farmers Union of Scotlands livestock committee has urged producers to join up with Scotch Quality Beef and Lamb Farm Assurance.

Malcolm Morison, livestock committee convener, told a meeting at the unions Ingliston headquarters, near Edinburgh, there was a future for hill farmers who laboured under the extremes of climate and temperature as long as they produced quality store lambs and suckled calves.

Meat wholesalers McIntosh Donald – a major Tesco supplier – revealed it was no longer interested in any cattle that were not part of a farm assurance scheme.

The lifting of the beef export ban was high on the list of issues discussed. Union president George Lyon said he believed 1 February, 1999 was a crucial deadline. By this stage all cattle going for consumption would have been born after 1 August, 1996, would carry passports, and would not have come into contact with any potentially contaminated meat and bone meal for more than two years.

  • The Scotsman 09/04/98 page 30