Further Discussion on Forthcoming EU Ban on Stalls09 February 2012
UK - Working together was the key message to come out of a meeting between BPEX and the NPA with Defra Minister Jim Paice.
The main aim of the meeting, which involved BPEX Director Mick Sloyan, Zoe Davies of the NPA and Stewart Houston, chairman of both organisations, was to discuss the forthcoming EU ban on stalls and tethers.
Mr Sloyan said: "While the focus of the meeting was definitely on the stalls ban we reminded each other there were one or two other measures coming in at the same time.
"These include slat design, stocking rates for pregnant gilts and sows and overall floor areas.
"It was agreed Defra will write to all registered pig producers reminding them of the changes.
"The importance of maintaining regular dialogue with the European Commission to understand the process of ensuring compliance across the EU was stressed.
"There was a great of support all round and we hope this was the first of what will become regular meetings as we get closer to the directive."
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