MARKETS such as Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and the US offer UK breeders a multi-million £ opportunity to generate a new source of income from semen sales, claims the National Beef Association.
But UK producers are unlikely to benefit unless levy money collected by the Meat and Livestock Commission is freed up for promotion, says Iain Kerr, chairman of NBAs breed society committee. "The commission has said it will not commit any money until it has completed a review of the cost/return benefits of semen promotion."
That report is not expected to be complete until the spring.
The NBA is calling for MLC to set aside £30,000 immediately to promote UK semen at events such as Beef 2000 in Australia in April. *