Eventually it will be a major boost to Kiwi red meat exports when tariff-free access is given for beef and lamb into the UK. Sirma Karapeeva, chief executive of the Meat Industry Association says New Zealand exporters and farmers are looking forward to tariff free access for the first time since Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973. Chief executive of Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sam McIvor says the FTA is good news for sheep and beef farmers, rural communities and the New Zealand economy. He says New Zealand’s free range, pasture-raised product is seasonal so complements the UK’s northern hemisphere production. The New Zealand Meat Board will be responsible for administering the FTA quotas for beef and sheep meat and General Manager Quota Nick Beeby says over the past 12 months, the New Zealand Meat Board has been planning for this milestone and all systems are ready to go.