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Other genetic considerations

40. We also considered the possible effect of the interbreeding of domestic stock, which had been derived from nuclear transfer, with their feral counterparts. This may be an issue in relation to deer, sheep and goats (and may already be an issue in relation to farmed fish) but we were unable to determine the magnitude of this as a problem in the light of current knowledge.

41. Some respondents to our consultation exercise expressed concerns that this cloning technology may separate the specialist and larger breeders from smaller farmers. The cost of technology such as cloning might make it only available to large and more affluent farming enterprises. This could disadvantage smaller farmers and have a potential impact on animal welfare. Measures to educate and assist small farmers in understanding and accessing the possible beneficial applications of this technology should be a priority.