Delight as EU raises BSE testing limit; FARM & COUNTRY.
BUTCHERS and beef producers were last night celebrating the news that Europe's BSE See Bombay Stock Exchange.
See Boston Stock Exchange (BSE). testing limit is being raised to 48 months.
The Assembly Government said the new limit would be imposed from January 1.
However it will coincide with the end of free collection and disposal of fallen stock for BSE testing. From January 12 producers will have to make their own arrangements via an approved BSE sampling site.
The UK government will still pay for sampling and testing costs: the National Fallen Stock Company has been given pounds 2m to subsidise disposal in the first year of the changes.
The raising of the limit, touted in the autumn, was delayed when the Food Standards Agency The Food Standards Agency is a non-ministerial government department of the Government of the United Kingdom. It is responsible for protecting public health in relation to food throughout the United Kingdom and is led by an appointed board that is intended to act in the public commissioned a further report on surveillance. But Aeron Prysor, FUW FUW For Use With livestock committee chairman, said the disease was at just 0.02% of 1993 levels.
ALL sheep farmers are to be asked if they intend quitting over new rules on electronic tagging.
NFU NFU National Farmers Union (Denver, CO and Washington, DC)
NFU National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales
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NFU North Florida University Cymru has launched a joint survey with its English and Scottish counterparts to assess the likely impact of the EU regulations.
After January 1, 2010, it will be compulsory for all sheep born in Wales to be electronically tagged. And 12 months later all sheep movements will have to be individually recorded - rules likely to bring extra costs and hassle for flock masters when sheep numbers are already under severe pressure: the Welsh sheep and lamb population is down 5% to 8.5m since last year.
NFU Cymru vice-president Ed Bailey said the survey would underscore the devastating impact electronic tagging will have on Welsh farming.
The questionnaire is at www.nfu-cymru.org.uk or can be posted by phoning 01982 554200.