2 May 2000
Welsh sheep farmers rout army
ARMY chiefs have conceded defeat to a group of Welsh farmers who have refused to let soldiers train on their land because they do not buy enough British lamb.
Soldiers from several regiments had been due to take part in an exercise in May between Builth Wells and Newtown, reports The Times.
But a dozen or so producers banned the Army for failing to support British sheep farmers. The exercise will now take place in the Scottish Highlands.
At the moment, 98% of lamb eaten by the Army is purchased from overseas.
The Ministry of Defence says the British industry cannot supply enough frozen lamb.
- Farmers force army to cancel training, FWi, 13 April, 2000
- Welsh rebel over forces buying, FWi, 23 February, 2000
- Buy British, or get off our land, RAF told, FWi, 18 February, 2000
- Sheep farmers shoot down RAF, FWi, 18 February, 1999
- Farmers protest at foreign meat for forces, FWi, 19 January, 1998
- Soldiers banned from farmland, FWi, 14 January, 1998
- The Times 02/05/2000 page 7