NFU concern over livestock quarantine units ruling.
NFU Cymru has repeated its concerns over how the new livestock quarantine units that will be introduced in Wales on June 12 will be used.
Deputy president John Davies said: "The ability for all farmers to be able to make use of approved isolation/quarantine facilities has been one of the package of measures that we have consistently called for over the past 15 years to ease the burden associated with complex movement reporting and recording requirements.
"The extended use of isolation facilities allows for farmers to purchase animals, put them in an isolation unit but still sell animals from the rest of the holding whilst adhering to the six-day disease standstill period."
Mr Davies said the union was pleased the Welsh Government had accepted the recommendation to introduce isolation facilities, subsequently renamed 'quarantine units'.
"We have consistently argued for quarantine units to have sensible, practical, workable and cost-effective rules.
"Whilst we are pleased that quarantine units are now available for all classes of livestock, we are yet to be convinced that the current rules fit our core principles and as such we are committed to feeding back the concerns of our members over issues with the implementation of quarantine units," Mr Davies added. NFU Cymru requested a transition period for quarantine units and approved isolation facilities allowing both to run in parallel.
Mr Davies said "The lead in time for these changes is insufficient - it is only in the last month that the necessary information to make an application for quarantine units has become available and for many farmers the work required to meet the requirements of the new rules will take time."
He added: "While NFU Cymru is pleased to see that quarantine units have finally been approved for all animals to help mitigate against the impact of the six-day rule on farming businesses, we remain concerned about the practicality over a number of the detailed rules associated with quarantine units.
"This will limit take up of quarantine units, thus restricting the ability of farmers to trade as well as having potential serious impacts on the ability of farmers to be able to take stock to agricultural shows this summer."
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|Publication:||Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||May 30, 2017|
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