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transmitted through progeny, farmers are left to declare BSE infected cattle themselves. Up until three months ago they would recieve only 50% compensation for slaughtered livestock. Predictably enough instances of Mad Cow Disease shot up when compensation was raised to 100%. One might still argue there is plenty of disincentive to declare infected cattle. For one , cattle from BSE infected herds don’t fetch good prices. ‘It’s a two tier system,‘ says Sarah Antrum. ‘If you look at the paper at the Ashford market you can see whether cows are from BSE herds or not. They know because they have your name if you have been claiming. Ifyou are BSE free then you do get a much higher price per kilo for your cow.’ Secondly EEC countries are now asking for certification that an animal going for export should come from a herd free of BSE for the last two years.
Whether there are infected cattle getting through the loopholes or not, Patrick Barrow with the ofﬁcial view, remains unruffled. ‘We are not worried that infected cattle will have got through. Farmers are legally obliged to notify. Otherwise the abattoir thoroughly cleanses the
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cow, removing central nervous tissue.’ Many in the medical profession are not so sure.
Whatever the last decades have taught us, many farmers seem to be rejecting some of the post-war intensive methods. ‘Beefcattle aren’t raised intensively anymore, its too expensive and the output isn’t there,’ says Sarah Antrum. Undoubtedly money has been the main incentive, though Nick Fiddes. author of Meat: The Natural Symbol, to be published next year, feels the present system is run under false economics. ‘There is a perception now that the purely industrial form of agriculture is a bit of a dinosaur which has produced so many different problems in different areas.
It’s bad for the land and the people, it’s mad economics. There is now a feeling that more traditional based agriculture is more modern.‘ As far as he is concerned the problems we are having to face now, which include soil erosion, salmonella and listeria to name but a few, are a result of unnatural farming practices. Rather than thinking of the land as a hostile medium upon which we graft fertility, it should be encouraged to produce under its natural conditions. (Jo Roe)
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