Beef farmers are braced for a backlash against the resumption of live calf exports.
But they have vowed not to be deterred, arguing that the economic benefits of resuming the trade in calves with Europe outweigh any possible problems relating to animal rights’ protests.
Officials in Brussels voted this week to allow calves to be transported abroad from the UK for the first time in almost ten years, ending a ban imposed to prevent the spread of BSE.
National Beef Association boss Robert Forster said: “This will raise the value of live animals across the UK.”
But the RSPCA said it was “appalled” at the news.