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Sheep Farmers

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to investigate how UK sheep farmers can move voluntarily away from live exports without it being detrimental to them economically. [113999]

The marketing of sheep and sheepmeat is a matter for all the players in the red meat supply chain. Many sheep producers take the view that the live export trade is unnecessary. The Government are working with industry through the Red Meat Industry Forum to help improve competitiveness and this includes, among other things, benchmarking for sheep producers and issues relating to the marketing of sheepmeat.