Bagley bags top agri award

Norman Bagley, policy director for the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS), has been awarded the Royal Agricultural Society of England's (RASE) top honour, the National Agricultural Award.

Humphrey Salwey, chairman of the RASE awards committee, said of Bagley: "His persistence and knowledge have had a major impact on agricultural marketing, with the emphasis on the all-important medium and small abattoir sector."

Bagley said the award recognised the role of smaller abattoirs in the meat chain: "The medium and small sectors are becoming increasingly important in delivering Defra's message on sustaina-bility," he said.

Bagley's experience and broad knowledge of the livestock industry led to change in abattoirs under new hygiene regulations in 1995, which ensured BSE controls.

In 2000, he was invited to serve on the Meat Inspection Charges Task Force, where he produced valuable evidence showing that medium and small abattoirs contributed to 50% of the UK throughput.

Following this research, Bagley was asked by plant operators to set up a trade association to bring together medium and small abattoirs and maximise their impact. AIMS was established in February 2001.

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