Quite frankly I believe it essential that the rot is rooted out of government and its agencies,and that we get sensible, competent and traditional professional standards into the bodies that control the livestock industry in particular and farming in general. But it is going to be a hard struggle.
Margaret Beckett and all her greenery seems not to know that agriculture and a thriving livestock industry is fundamental to a good rural environment and not secondary to imposed environemntal policies based on other interests.
Look how well the French look after their farmers - am I right? (warmwell note: Yes...but consider too that the smaller french farmers have an active and vociferous union that acts for them)
See Dr Irvine's letter in Scottish Farmer