News in brief March 2021

i) Redistribution of red meat levy agreed

The redistribution of red meat levies in Wales, England and Scotland will be implemented from 1st April 2021 in order to take into account cross-border livestock movements.

This move will allow levy monies to be paid to the levy board of the Country where an animal has spent most of its life rather than where it was slaughtered. Although it will enable Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) to focus on their respective marketing campaigns, collaborative projects for the benefit of all three nations will continue.

ii) FUW welcomes creation of all-Wales Rural and Wildlife Crime Coordinator

The announcement by Welsh Government Minister of Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths, that a dedicated all-Wales Rural and Wildlife Crime Coordinator role will be established, has been welcomed by the Farmers’ Union of Wales.

In her announcement, the Minister agreed to provide funding for the 12 month pilot role and has written to the Chief Constables of the 4 Welsh police forces and the Police and Crime Commissioners seeking their cooperation and support to appoint an all-Wales Rural and Wildlife Crime Coordinator.