THE DEMAND is still out there - importers in EU member states
are telling us they want our beef and lamb now says the Chairman
of the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX), John Cross.
The announcement of a lifting of the Foot and Mouth related export
ban allowing meat and livestock exports to EU member states to
resume from Saturday 25 August is great news for the livestock
industry, Mr Cross said.
"Europe is our single most important export market taking around 90 per
cent of UK meat and livestock exports. Getting the go ahead to resume trading
so quickly means the industry should be able to recover sales volumes rapidly
over the next six to eight weeks.
"Our export companies are all prepared for a flying start
and the EBLEX export team based across Europe has been working
flat out to maintain the interest of importers, and over the next
few weeks they will focus on helping exporters rapidly re-establish
beef and lamb trading volumes.
"Export markets are especially vital to the lamb industry
as we near our peak Autumn production volumes. This welcome news
on the reopening of export markets should help bolster farmgate
prices at this important time.
"We still have a way to go before the industry is back on
a normal footing, but we are heartened by the rapid progress that
is now being made".
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