Defra has confirmed that beef exports, including pedigree and
commercial cattle, from the UK to other EU countries will begin
on Wednesday May 3rd 2006 after a notice has been published in
the Official Journal of the European Commission on April 29th.
Beef from cattle born before August 1st 1996 and from cattle slaughtered
before June 2005 cannot be exported. Only live cattle born after
July 1996 can be exported.
Confirmation of Wednesday May 3rd as the start date gives the
UK beef industry a target to work to. Some slaughter cattle have
already been purchased by traders with export customers and more
are expected to be bought next week.
“This means that supermarket buyers, who since March 20
th 1996 have dominated domestic price structures, will at last
face serious competition from traders selling beef into high priced
EU markets,” said NBA chief executive Robert Forster .
“As a result the value of slaughter cattle in the UK can
be expected to rise as more beef from both prime animals and commercial
cows is sold overseas and the grip the multiple retailers have
had on slaughter cattle values begins to slacken.”
of beef export markets will break supermarket stranglehold on
Chicago style retail price cuts are suicidal
National Suckled Calf Show At Beef Expo 2006