21 September 2001


&#8226 ONLY 20% of the lamb fed to troops stationed in the UK is British, defence minister Dr Lewis Moonie has admitted in a letter to Lib Dem MP Paul Tyler. Mr Tyler described the situation as a "scandalous betrayal of both service personnel and farmers". He said arrangements must be altered drastically to give priority to health and safety and to recognise the consequences to British farming of double standards.

&#8226 THE British Wool Marketing Board is asking for nominations for a county representative on one of its nine regional committees from Jan 1, 2002. Candidates must be under 65 on Jan 1, 2002, registered as a wool producer and be nominated by 10 other registered producers in the area. Details from BWMB, Wool House, Roydsdale Way, Euroway Trading Estate, Bradford.

&#8226 STAFFORDSHIRE Police will now be able to attend courses on driving farm vehicles, animal handling, and preventing poaching and sheep worrying as the force bids to improve rural policing. Demand for the courses, has been encouragingly high, organisers say. &#42

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