Movement Rules to Be Simplified, Announces Wales Government09 December 2013
WALES – Livestock movement rules will be simplified from 2015, the Welsh Government has announced.
Welsh minister for natural resources and food, Alun Davies said last week that changes will be made to the ‘complicated and confusing’ Country Parish ad Holding system.
This follows calls from Stephen James, NFU Cymru (National Farmers Union of Wales) deputy president last month to consider new ways to report and record livestock movement.
The union president welcomed the government’s decision, although said the process must be handled carefully.
He said: “Clearly the transition process will need to be carefully managed and communication and guidance to the industry will be crucial in managing these changes. The Minister has highlighted this within his statement and I am sure that these issues will also form part of the consultation that Welsh Government proposes to have with the industry next spring.”
He concluded reviewed movement rules would be a boost to producers, particularly if accompanied by improvements to the current six day standstill law.
He said: “It will be a further boost to farmers if alongside these changes we can also see improvements to the current six day standstill arrangements. The introduction of approved Quarantine (Isolation) Units on farm for all species of livestock would help farmers to be able to trade more effectively without increasing the risk of spread of disease.”
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