O’Neill relaxes standstill rules for livestock movement
Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill today announced her plans to relax six-day standstill rules which govern the movement of livestock from 4 March 2013.
~ Tuesday, 19 February 2013
This relaxation will reduce the burden on keepers and markets during periods where there is no specific risk of a disease. There must, however, be a six-day period between when an animal leaves a market and when it is returned to market.
The Minister said: “Following public consultation I have considered the responses from stakeholders and decided that the whole-farm six-day standstill restriction will be removed.
“I know that the relaxation of standstill will be welcomed by the industry and I ask for the support and co-operation of both keepers and market operators to make these arrangements work.
“I am also retaining the ability to reintroduce standstill at short notice, for a longer 13-day period, if the disease risk is heightened.”
The Minister concluded: “I intend to introduce a new system for the registration of livestock dealers later in 2013.”
The Department will shortly be writing to all Keepers and Market Operators about the changes.
Notes to editors:
- The changes will be implemented through the Disease Control (Standstill) Order (NI) 2013.
- This relaxation of standstill applies only to animal movements within the north and does not apply to movements to other Member States where a separate regime of residency is applied under EU legislation.
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