US to lift lamb import ban

Boydvalley

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Location
Bath
Their was no bse in 1989 tho it was later than 89 iirc
I had to look it up why it was banned but article has been amended since.
First cows diagnosed with scrapie like symptoms 1986.
400 cattle diagnosed with BSE 1988.
Human consumption of spine and brain and other organs banned in 1989.
CJD in humans came later.
 
This is very good news. It is true the Australians and NZ have targeted the West coast trade and it is a very different market to what we produce. The lambs they send are actually more like heavy (and fat) hoggets with carcass weights up around 30 plus kg.

However we need to target the East coast market which has a large proportion of ethnic people as well as some high net worth individuals who will be able to pay for what will be a luxury product.
Might even get some mutton in for the large Muslim population.

I doubt we will see very large volumes but another customer has to be good.
 

JSmith

Member
Livestock Farmer
Gotta find the slaughter staff to kill them first, never mind getting it there!! Don’t mention lorry drivers for feck sake or they’ll never get there!! 🙈
 

Agrivator

Member
Why would the vastly superior Welsh lamb brand not seek to capitalise on their image of green hills?
Because most Americans will have no idea where Wales is.

And you've just proved my point: we should stick to one brand - British Lamb. With a union flag on it.

And no doubt QMS will jump in and claim that Scotch Lamb is even more superior. Which is rubbish, because Scotch Lamb has no provenance whatsoever.
 
Because most Americans will have no idea where Wales is.

And you've just proved my point: we should stick to one brand - British Lamb. With a union flag on it.

And no doubt QMS will jump in and claim that Scotch Lamb is even more superior. Which is rubbish, because Scotch Lamb has no provenance whatsoever.

You are absolutely correct in that the average American will not have a clue what or where Wales is, they might think it is an island off the UK.

The important factor is to pool resources and go into the high end meat traders. The budget needed to get this market started will be significant and will require levy money from all the nations.
After all it will benefit all sheep farmers if we can sell a few hundred tons.
 

neilo

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
Because most Americans will have no idea where Wales is.

And you've just proved my point: we should stick to one brand - British Lamb. With a union flag on it.

And no doubt QMS will jump in and claim that Scotch Lamb is even more superior. Which is rubbish, because Scotch Lamb has no provenance whatsoever.

I suspect HCC will be no more inclined to give up the Welsh Lamb brand than QMS would be to relinquish that of Scotch Beef.
They have both put an awful lot of time and money into building those brands, very successfully. It’s perhaps a pity that AHDB haven’t managed to be so successful.

I do agree that those organisations should never have been split, but that’s devolution for you.
 

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

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In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...
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