Live exports fuss ahead Disruption to sheepmeat by animal welfare campaigners may follow media coverage of the first post-FMD live lamb shipments from Dover to the Continent on Monday. Protestors claimed credit for ending the veal calf export trade, and have long wanted to achieve the same result with sheep. This time their struggle should be easier, as the government is sympathetic to calls for tough controls on long distance transport of stock for slaughter. Before FMD the UK exported 100,000t of sheepmeat annually, but live shipments were only 15% of this. However, demand from live lamb exporters has been known to cause surprisingly strong upward pressure on auction ring prices to the annoyance of domestic processors. Hence the likelihood of this issue turning into a dispute between farmers on the one side and a strange alliance of animal rights activists and abattoir operators on the other. {{MEAT }}