VIDEO • In a speech to the European Parliament (11.11.2010), UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew has made a scathing attack on the European Commission, accusing it of placing a string of “impediments” in the way of the British livestock sector.
Mr Agnew highlighted electronic identification of sheep, which he said is: “A rule not applied to many other member states, nor is it a requirement for imports of sheep meat from third countries.”
Once again he pointed out the inequalities of the forthcoming ban on battery cages which he said: “…is producing huge distortions in our egg market as cage eggs from non-compliant member states can undercut our more expensively produced colony eggs.”
He went on to attack the EU’s negotiations with the Mercosur countries, that threaten mass imports of inferior quality meat. “The British livestock farmer will be the sacrificial lamb in this deal,” he said.
I agree with Mr De Castro's comments on meat and bone meal. It is high time we had de-regulation in this area.
The British Livestock sector is struggling with high feed costs at present and this is not helped by impediments that are placed in our way by the Commission.
Top of the list is Individual Electronic identification of sheep. A rule not applied to many other member states, nor is it a requirement for imports of sheep meat from third countries.
The ban on battery cages is producing huge distortions in our egg market as cage eggs from non-compliant Member States can undercut our more expensively produced colony eggs. We have producers here running the two systems side by side up until the deadline to try to recoup some of the £400 million we have spent complying with your rules, which of course is putting more eggs onto the market.
Over-hanging the entire British livestock sector, like a lead balloon is the spectre of the EU opening bilateral trade talks with Mercosur. The British livestock farmer will be the sacrificial lamb in this deal and we are not happy about it.