New protest fears loom Wholesale lamb market gossip is of imminent renewed protests by animal welfare campaigners against live exports. Some traders would quietly welcome disruption, claiming that too many lambs walking ashore in France are resulting in the home market being left tight. Irish suppliers say strong sterling is now making business easier for them on the continent by slowing arrivals of sheepmeat from the UK. But the domestic trade still suffers the legacy of a 1.8 million head live exodus since August 1998, claimed by Farmers' Ferry, and the Meat and Livestock Commission's estimate of about a 40% increase during 1999. {{MEAT }}