Warnings that the UK beef industry will be destroyed by Brexit are ‘bordering on the delusional’, according to a red meat trade association.
Norman Bagley, head of policy at AIMS, which represents small and medium-sized abattoirs, made the remarks in an exclusive article for Farmers Guardian’s Brexit hub.
In the piece, he suggested fears hormone-treated beef from the US would flood the UK market after Brexit were unfounded.
“Actually, US farmers are already gearing up for hormone-free beef under NHTC (non-hormone-treated cattle),” he wrote.
“This is currently paying a premium of approximately £120 per 350kg carcase, indicating that this product would not be a significant price threat to UK producers.”
He also pointed out that some larger Australian beef farmers exported minimal amounts to the EU because they ‘cannot be bothered’ with the bureaucracy and unnecessary cost.
Mr Bagley’s comments came shortly after a former Department for International Trade official, David Henig, warned Government plans to join a Pacific trade group would force the UK to lift its ban on hormone-treated beef.
Ministers have recently launched a consultation which proposed UK accession to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which covers 11 countries including Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Malaysia, New Zealand and Vietnam.
To read Mr Bagley’s Brexit hub piece in full, click HERE.