7 June 1996

West Mids ruin

WEST Mids NFU officials claim beef producers in the region face financial ruin as they wait to slaughter cattle under the 30-month scheme.

Cabinet minister Roger Freeman, was warned of their plight when he visited the region on Wednesday as part of a his fact finding mission to discuss the operation of the scheme with farmers.

John Newell, NFU regional policy adviser, said there was certainly no shortage of facts. Slaughter facilities for over 30-month cattle were far from reasonable.

weeks and even now were far from being on a reasonable footing.

"Farmers throughout the West Midlands are at their wits end because the cull simply is not happening in the way that it was promised, or is necessary particularly in Staffordshire and Derbyshire.