The government-backed meat promotion website, featuring versions of the 1980s cricketers Ian Botham and Allan Lamb, Beefy and Lamby, is not be axed, contrary to BBC reports.
However, the Cabinet Office is looking at incorporating more government services into two main super-sites to make access easier
The MLC denied that the Beefy and Lamby website will close. "The media story is misleading. There are absolutely no plans to close the Beefy and Lamby website or Levy Board site. The decision on whether to include levy boards within this project will not be made for a number of years," said a spokesman for the MLC.
The massive Government Transformational Rationlisation project, which will take a number of years, aims to shift core website content to two super-sites - DirectGov.co.uk for citizens and BusinessLink.co.uk for businesses.
For farmers this could mean that all the forms they need - from Defra, Environment Agency, British Cattle Movement and other bodies could be accessed from a single area of the BusinessLink site. Butchers and meat processors, likewise, could easily access such information.