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Beef case set to go ahead

A SCOTTISH hotelier who served beef on the bone could be the first to be prosecuted under safety regulations. The Procurator Fiscal in Selkirk is to proceed with the test case against Jim Sutherland, of The Lodge, Carfraemill. The case is to be heard in March and carries a maximum fine of pounds 5,000

Beef law not being enforced

Environmental health officers say that the "beef-on-the-bone" ban introduced almost a month ago is "practically unworkable" and that they are pushing it far down their list of priorities.

Where's the beef? In Downing Street

A cow and her calf gate-crashed Downing Street yesterday as 3,500 farmers converged on Westminster to keep up the pressure for more help for their industry. Farmers have become the new militants of British industry but ministers have dug in their heels against further hand-outs after last month's pounds 85m of extra aid.

Caught with his trousers down

The Bull Monty: a would-be matador can only cower as his manhood is exposed to ridicule

Beef Crisis: Dangerous living

How dangerous is a T-bone steak? If you drive to a restaurant with a new friend, eat a steak (on the bone), walk home, climb the stairs, have unprotected sex, then have a cigarette, which was the most risky? On the basis of the latest fatality statistics and behavioural surveys, this is how dangerous certain activities were in Britain last year.

Minister admits beef ban may last another year

The European ban on British beef might still be in place in a year's time, Jack Cunningham, the Agriculture Minister said yesterday. Dr Cunningham said he could not put a date on when the ban might be lifted but said it was likely that it would be done in a piecemeal way.

Graves of 6,000 mad cows revealed

The Government was forced to admit last night that for the past six weeks it has suppressed a list, demanded in Parliament, of the burial sites of 6,117 cattle infected with mad cow disease.

Elephants on pill trample family values

Any proponent of sound conservative family values could have told them how it would end. In a world first, wild elephants were introduced to the Pill. Now, six months later, the bold experiment has gone disastrously wrong. Elephant society is falling apart.

Hogg in bid to get beef ban lifted

Douglas Hogg, the Agriculture Minister, is expected to seek cabinet approval tomorrow for a bid to lift the European ban on British beef exports a move which could help to prop up the Government until a May election.

Radio: Wallis and Gromit, the new Simpsons

"Her dancing style is a cross between marching on the spot in heavy mud and milking a very tall cow." I managed to catch only one sentence of Monday's Short Story (R4) as I hurried out, but that line, from Ioan Meredith's Will You Marry Me?, was too good not to be scribbled down hastily, just in case it could be shoe-horned into this column. The radio is a tyrant and a tease. For every full programme I hear, there are a dozen jottings like that around our house: it's time to use a few.

Little boxes everywhere (even the cows look alike)

John Gummer rails against the monotonous condition of a too-neat Britain

Welcome opportunity for a beef

"Still eating British beef are you?" Peter Oldfield strode down Victoria Street asking the tourists gathered there to watch the Queen's procession to Parliament about their dining habits, writes Elizabeth Wyne.

Leaving the herd behind to express a shared fury

A despairing farmer says some people are now resorting to bribery

Letter: A dairy farmer appeals for help

Letter: A dairy farmer appeals for help

French fall for a herd of bullocks

Last Friday it was the cows that came to Paris, with the farmers' protest; yesterday it was the bullocks, but they had nothing to do with agrarian protest. They were the star turn in France's favourite summer television game show, Intervilles, and they had a considerably more difficult passage than the cows.
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