14 March 2001
Suspend farmers markets

I AM deeply saddened by the lack of support of fellow producers in our efforts to temporariy suspend our farmers market.

We need to do this to reduce the risk of spreading foot-and-mouth; and to reduce the damage dome to farmers reputations.

Why cant we just be patient, then how much stronger would our cae be when we returned to the market?

We are losing thousands of pounds each week with the closure of most of our markets, and I refuse to put my herd at risk by attending others.

This is putting great stress on my wif eand myself.
Richard Beard
goats@homested.fsbusiness.co.uk