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UFU Deputy President William Irvine on his County Armagh farm. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

UFU Deputy President William Irvine on his County Armagh farm. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Cliff Donaldson

UFU Deputy President William Irvine on his County Armagh farm. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has welcomed news that regulations imposed many decades ago, preventing UK lamb exports from entering the US due to TSE/BSE controls, are to be lifted from January 3, 2022.

It’s great news that America’s ban on UK lamb exports will come to an end very early on in the New Year,” said William Irvine, deputy president, UFU. “Our Northern Ireland farmers produce quality sheep meat products farmed sustainably on our iconic landscapes, to some of the highest environmental and animal welfare standards in the world.

“We’ve been waiting a long time for the ban to be lifted, allowing us to showcase our fantastic product in the American market. It’s a great opportunity and has the potential to provide positive returns to the NI sheep industry.

“We are now looking forward to getting our NI Farm Quality Assured lamb, reared from pasture-based farms and packed with healthy nutrients, shipped to the USA for their residents to enjoy. We urge our UK government and meat processors to work closely so that the process can proceed without delay.”


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