From: rev patricia pinkerton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 02 Oct 2004 20:33:10 +0100
Subject: Exports of cattle
Dear Warmwell readers and Farm or NFU supporters:
As a FARM and NFU associate, I have an area of concern that is causing a lot
of difficulty in the cattle livestock community. Perhaps FARM/NFU members
can get behind the issue with some justified support. What is being done for
farmers with pedigree breeding stock, who have firm sale orders from
Burgundy, France, and have had applications for shipping and export denied?
Fiona and Alan Foster of Etang Fourch 58250 Fous, Burgundy, France, placed a
firm order with Bill and Sue Osborn, of Castlemears Dexters, 2 Orchard
Cottages, Lydney Park Estate, Glos.,for 1 Prime Bull and 2 heifers. Money
was banked. The Fosters neighbours in France, decided that the stock was so
fine, that they ordered 2 Heifers. The idea they had was to start a perfect
high quality foundation herd of Dexter cattle.(they fully understood
The local Burgundian dignitaries were most pleased to be welcoming the
prospect of such a herd.
On application to DEFRA for the appropriate paperwork for export of pedigree
breeding stock to reintroduce Dexter cattle to France, the Osborns ran into
a problem area.
"NO LIVE EXPORTS TO FRANCE".
DEFRA was assured the Dexters WERE NOT FOR THE FOOD CHAIN, but for breeding
and only for the breeding, of fine livestock from an award winning pedigree
To date, applications for assistance have been made to:
DEFRA VETS, GLOUCESTER AND LONDON;TRADING STANDARDS OFFICE,FARM, NFU,
MEP,MP; BBC RADIO GLOS;LOCAL PAPERS;RARE BREED SURVIVAL TRUST, MARGARET
BECKETT AND THE PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR.
The reason given the Osborn's:BECAUSE OF EU, BSE REGULATIONS, LIVE BREEDING
STOCK EXPORT CANNOT BE ALLOWED FROM UK TO FRANCE.
There has never been a case of BSE detected in a Dexter herd, and also BSE
hasn't been found to be hereditary.
The October 1, 2004 issue of Farmer's Guardian states in large type
"PORTUGESE BEEF EXPORT RESTRICTION LIFTED".(So where does the UK stand?)
BSE has a higher incident rate in Portugal than in the UK.
Where does the UK stand if the bann is lifted in a country with a worse
record of BSE?
With the Castlemears Dexters, we are talking PEDIGREE BREEDING
STOCK,-NOT--LIVE EXPORT FOR SLAUGHTER GOING THUS INTO AN EU FOOD CHAIN.
If nobody else is challenging this issue, surely FARM and NFU have a
principle to stand on ??????