LETTERS: Cheap US beef

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From Mr P. A. Richards

Sir: In reply to the Rev David Flavell's (letter, 20 December), I can provide at least two good reasons why American beef is cheaper than British.

In the first place, farmers in the US are allowed to use steroids and hormone growth promoters - an aid which was denied British farmers nearly 10 years ago due to pressure from consumer protection groups. Second, they feed their cattle in huge lots - thousands in the same compound - which would make our welfare bodies extremely excited if allowed in this country.

Yours faithfully

P. A. Richards

Pencoed Farm

Llangennech, Dyfed