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1 not you personally but your company is responsible, for
2 animal welfare of cattle as from when they arrive?
3 A. Yes.
5 Q. So your company does not have any specifications on
6 suppliers specifically to do with animal welfare?
7 A. We are working on that at the moment in we are trying
8 to build what we call a Farm Assurance Scheme so that farms
9 do meet certain criteria except the ones, the specification
10 required by the official bodies that are at the plant.
12 Q. But at the moment there are no written specifications to
13 the farmers, that is someone else's responsibility?
14 A. There are written specifications but not all farmers
15 that supply us have got them.
17 Q. While we are on that subject -----
19 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Would it be fair to say that if one went back
20 about five or six years, which is about the middle of your
21 time with Midland Meat Packers, is it not, that your check
22 on how well or otherwise cattle have been treated before
23 they came into your lairages was the condition of the
24 cattle itself?
25 A. Which would have been carried out by the official
26 veterinary surgeon on site, yes. I have very little myself
27 to do with animal welfare five or six years ago.
29 Q. No, but do you know of any check on how the cattle are
30 reared or treated before that?
31 A. I do not, no. It is outside my sphere of
34 MR. MORRIS: But you are just beginning to develop some written
35 policy now for suppliers?
36 A. Yes, we have been developing it for some time now, yes.
38 Q. Do you take cattle from all over the country?
39 A. Yes, we do.
41 Q. Is that Wales, Ireland -- sorry, Wales, Scotland and
43 A. Yes, not Ireland.
45 Q. Not Ireland. Do you take any at all from abroad?
46 A. No.
48 Q. Do you favour some suppliers because of the size of the
49 animal, or whatever, or do you take from any suppliers?
50 A. When the buyers buy the cattle they buy them to a
51 specification to meet, you know, the end product needs.
53 Q. But in terms of size, what do you look for -- your buyers,
55 A. It just varies greatly depending on the product that we
56 are looking at putting the meat into at the end.
58 Q. We are just trying to track a document down.
60 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Can you move on while Ms. Steel looks for it