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(From Western Daily Press)
Westcountry farmers breathed a collective sigh of relief last night as the Government finally signalled that the end of the nightmare BSE crisis was in sight.
In a statement to MPs, the Rural Affairs Secretary Margaret Beckett said that the ban on eating beef from cattle aged over 30 months would be lifted next year - nine years after it was imposed at the height of the BSE crisis.
The move, taken on the advice of the Food Standards Agency, could help to raise farm incomes, as the Government's compensation scheme pays only two-thirds of the value of unsaleable older cattle. It will also save taxpayers up to GBP360 million a year. And farmers believe it …