The first shipments of breeding ewes have already gone to the
EU following the resumption of live exports.
Some 700 breeding ewes, mostly Mules from the North of England,
were due to go to France and the Netherlands over the Christmas
These orders are a direct result from the presence of the English
Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) at the SheepTec and SIA fairs earlier
in the year (2007) supported by the hard work of the pedigree sheep
EBLEX Export Manager Jean-Pierre Garnier said: “We are pleased
at the rapid re-start of our valuable export trade in breeding
“We have an excellent reputation worldwide for the quality
of our breeding stock and we would anticipate our sheep genetics
exports to start to accelerate in January, despite the obstacles
linked to the BlueTongue Virus situation.
“The restoration of our breeding stock exports is another
important step in helping to generate alternative revenue streams
for some of our hard-pressed livestock farmers."
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