DEFRA eases movement Further easing of livestock movement restrictions imposed last year to deal with FMD should allow most auction sales of breeding and store sheep to resume next week [May 20], said DEFRA. Sheep industry lobbyists see the concession as essential for preventing blockage of the supply chain. Sheep can graze rough land of little use for anything else, and this low cost of their feed keeps the meat price commercially viable --- but only if large scale movement of the animals between different types of land, frowned upon by the state in the light of foot and mouth, is permitted. There were calls for radical change in the sector's structure to prevent this habitual stock migration, so DEFRA's announcement is interpreted in the industry as a hint of greater official understanding. {{MEAT }}