FARM LEADERS have welcomed the news that the Food Standards Agency has recommended to government it can replace the Over Thirty Month scheme with a BSE testing regime.
NFU livestock chairman Richard Haddock said: “We are delighted the efforts of the industry have been recognised in combating BSE.
“The continued strong sales of British beef are a testament to the trust the British consumer has in a world-class product.
“With the end of the OTMS in sight and potential beef exports on the horizon we look forward to supplying the public with the full range of quality beef products.”
Farmers Union of Wales leader Gareth Vaughan described the development as a huge boost to the Welsh beef industry.
“The FUW has been lobbying vigorously for many years for the OTMS to be lifted.
“Now Welsh beef producers can hopefully look forward to a much-needed period of improved profitability.”
NFU Scotland’s vice president David Mitchell said he was pleased by the FSA’s recommendation that the Over Thirty Month Scheme should remain in place for a short while.
“It is vital that the OTMS remains open until there are enough plants on line, the market has adjusted and exports are reopened,” he said.