Welsh meat industry to discuss future of lamb sector after Brexit

Representatives from the Welsh red meat sector are “determined” to make the industry a key topic of discussion in the aftermath of the EU referendum result. 

This week, Gwyn Howells, chief executive of Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), is visiting Brussels to attend meetings, including the EU Sheep Meat Forum, with representatives of the EU Commission and the lamb industry across Europe.

“This week’s meeting of the EU Sheep Meat Forum comes at an opportune time,” said Howells. “The European referendum result has led to a great deal of uncertainty, but HCC is determined that the needs of the Welsh red meat industry should be a key part of discussions about the next steps.”

A main focus point for HCC is the continued undisrupted trade in the short term. “Exports will continue to be essential for our farmers – especially in the lamb sector,” continued Howells. “As well as redoubling our efforts to open up new markets throughout the world, HCC will be working to maintain relationships with existing partners in Europe so far.

“This week is a chance to explore how the Commission and meat industry figures from across the continent are approaching the current uncertainty, and to emphasise the continuing importance of European export markets for PGI Welsh Lamb.”

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