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UFU Welcome ASDA Beef Decision

19 January 2009

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed ASDA’s decision to raise the age limit of cattle going into its standard range from 30 months to 36 months of age.

The UFU says ASDA’s decision is good news for local beef producers. Under the previous system farmers who supplied prime beef over 30 months had their prices discounted.

UFU Deputy President Harry Sinclair said, "From the 1st January 2009 the BSE testing age limit has been raised from 30 to 48 months and ASDA has responded positively to this. When the previous age limit was 30 months farmers had to be very careful not to exceed this when finishing cattle.

The decision from ASDA to increase the age limit to 36 months is a step in the right direction and I am pleased that they have indicated their intention to increase the age to 48 months after further quality trials".

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