Conflicting price signals are being sent to the British beef market from Ireland. Cattle are cheaper in the Republic after announcement of the import ban by Russia, a major customer. However, a slightly firmer trade has been reported across the border. This follows the Brussels Standing Veterinary Committee's decision to grant Northern Ireland regionalised status for foot and mouth disease control purposes. This means Northern Irish exports of meat can be resumed, except from an area surrounding the location of the single confirmed FMD case in the province. {{M/E MEAT }}