Foot & Mouth Causes Disruption
� Traditional Breeds Meat Marketing Company Ltd
Author: Richard Lutwyche
Date: 10th September 2007
Everyone in the meat industry - farmers, markets, abattoirs, retailers and all the many ancilliary industries, suffer during outbreaks of Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD). In both outbreaks this year, there has been an immediate brake on the movement of livestock. This is a major hardship for most livestock farmers whose income suddenly dries up.
It's also disruptive for our Accredited Butchers while stock is not allowed to be sent to abattoirs but luckily it's not as bad for them as for the mass market. Because all the rare breeds' meat is dry-hung on the bone, the butchers have stock to see them through the first week associated with any outbreak. Beef is typically hung for three weeks and even lamb and pork for around a week.
So while the supermarkets suffer if the chain is broken for even three or four days, you should find that your local Accredited Butcher is much better prepared with high quality, local rare breed meat. o