Beef Bodies' Cross-Border War Of Words Shows No Sign Of Easing

UK - THE relationship between the UK-wide National Beef Association (NBA) and the fledgling Scottish Beef Cattle Association (SBCA) has been fractious since producers north of the Border decided to go their own way 12 months ago
calendar icon 14 June 2007
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Comments yesterday from Duff Burrell, the chairman of the NBA, will do nothing to mend the growing divide.

In its accounts for 2005 the NBA posted a deficit of £39,000, which the Scottish critics maintained put its very future at risk. In contrast, the figures for 2006 revealed a surplus of £43,000.

The NBA says the accounts are "robust and contained no fudges or improper write-downs".

However, problems created by the breakaway of the SBCA persist - not the least the alleged inability of the NBA's management board to regain possession of a Bank of Scotland account through which the subscriptions of 82 of its Scottish members had been paid. These funds have so far not been returned by the former NBA office holders in Scotland who were the instigators of setting up the SBCA.

Burrell said: "The NBA has still not gained access to this account and therefore we have no knowledge of exactly how much of our membership subscription income is still being paid into it, or how much money it holds.

Source: Scotsman
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