Saines' loss is a blow to the trade Unease in the imported lamb trade is exacerbated by the loss of experienced players through the retirement of Owen Ferris and the return to New Zealand of Ken Rouse and Laurie Bryant. An even harsher shock is the redundancy of Martyn Saines, second in command to John Mabb at the Meat New Zealand London office. Respect for his knowledge of the trade means Saines is unlikely to be without a job for long, but his departure, which indicates a new cost consciousness, reflects surprising commercial stress in a corner of the market usually seen as a calm backwater. {{MEAT }}