Meat and Livestock Commission Director General Kevin Roberts, commenting on the announcement that older cattle will once again be allowed to enter the food chain subject to safeguards, said: "This is great news for the British beef industry and has been widely signalled for more than a year. "It is a testament to the tireless work by us all - industry and government.
"We estimate this move will see an additional 185,000 tonnes of British beef come back to the market in 2006, representing a 27% increase in home production.
"We want to see this not only displace some of the beef imports into Britain, but also find a home in helping to address the continuing EU-wide tight supply situation for manufacturing grade beef - once exports become normalised."
* An MLC Market Impact paper is available from www.mlc.org.uk