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Sheep industry asks government to change rules on carcase splitting

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THE National Farmers' Union (NFU) and National Sheep Association (NSA) have formally asked George Eustice, minister for farming at Defra, to change the rules on splitting the carcases of sheep. The move follows months of meetings and the organisations say that the request is supported by many bodies representing farmers, auctioneers and abattoirs.

Under the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies regulations, the current rules state that all sheep over the age …

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