Swann reveals spike in imported beef

Press Eye � Belfast - Northern Ireland
Thursday 16nd March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye �
Six men arrested after 'serious assault' in Co Antrim bar.
Police said that at around 6pm a group of men entered McConnell's Bar on Main Street in Doagh with weapons including hammers and baseball bats before attacking a man in his 40s.
The man was taken to hospital where he's being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Detective Sergeant Robinson said: "We believe that the males then left the scene on foot to waiting cars and left the area.
Press Eye � Belfast - Northern Ireland Thursday 16nd March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye � Six men arrested after 'serious assault' in Co Antrim bar. Police said that at around 6pm a group of men entered McConnell's Bar on Main Street in Doagh with weapons including hammers and baseball bats before attacking a man in his 40s. The man was taken to hospital where he's being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries. Detective Sergeant Robinson said: "We believe that the males then left the scene on foot to waiting cars and left the area.
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Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann has expressed his shock after it was revealed the quantity of beef imports from Botswana through Belfast Port jumped from zero in 2013 to 183,950 kilograms in 2015.

Robin Swann, a North Antrim MLA and member of Stormont’s Agriculture Committee, said: “Following an Assembly Question to the Agriculture Minister it was revealed to me that almost 184 tonnes of Botswanan beef were imported to Northern Ireland last year, a major increase from the 45 tonnes the year before. Such an increase stands in even further contrast to 2013 when there was no Botswanan beef imported at all.

Robin Swann MLA

Robin Swann MLA

“The revelation that Northern Ireland is importing so much beef at a time when its own local industry has been facing such serious pressures will come as a shock to consumers and local producers.

“It was not all that long ago that Botswana’s beef exports plummeted to all-time lows in 2011 after its beef was banned from the European Union because of their total failure to comply with regulations. The ban was imposed after Botswana failed to record and digitally store the history of cattle that were targeted for export to EU. In addition, there are serious concerns in Botswana on foot and mouth disease outbreaks, and these have only been exacerbated in recent months by the breakdown of disease controls in neighbouring Zimbabwe,” he added.

“One source of comfort is that last year there were no consignments at all of Brazilian beef through Belfast Port, a fall from over 25,000 kilograms the year before.”