The NFU has fought off EU Commission proposals that would have cost British farmers millions of pounds in compensation for animal disease outbreaks.

Lobbying by the NFU and Defra on a proposed new EU regulation governing "state aids" to farmers has led to three proposals being scrapped. These were: a limit of compensation to no more than 75% of the animals' market value; compensation only payable if more than 30% of production was lost ; and larger farming business being excluded.

NFU deputy president Meurig Raymond said: "The original draft proposals would have placed significant restrictions on how aid for animal disease would have been made."

The NFU now hopes there will be a much more meaningful discussion on the Community Animal Health Plan (CAHP). Raymond said: "Our objective is to get a much more co-ordinated approach to EU animal health policy."