Six-day Rule Made Permanent

by 5m Editor
4 July 2003, at 12:00am

UK - Slight changes are to be made to the existing arrangement for pigs under the revised ruling.

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The six-day standstill rule for sheep and cattle movements has been made permanent.

Time limit at markets. From August animals will no longer be allowed to stay on market premises for more than 48 hours. There may be some flexibility in relation to pedigree markets.

Pigs on mixed holdings. The existing arrangements for pigs will continue, except that the arrival of a pig on a mixed holding will impose a 20 day standstill on any other pig on the holding, but only a six day standstill on any cattle, sheep or goats on that holding.

Cleansing and disinfecting declarations. The current legal requirements relating to the cleansing and disinfecting have been tightened. Market and slaughterhouse operators will have to send the declarations to local authorities each day.

Cleansing and disinfecting. Wheel, wheel arches and mud flaps must be cleansed and disinfected every time a vehicle undergoes cleansing and disinfection, this requirement has been included to clarify and bring together previous inconsistencies.

Livestock farmers in England and Wales will receive a booklet detailing changes to the regime later this month. Posters reminding farmers of the changes will be placed in markets and adverts will be taken out in the farming press detailing the new regime.

Source: National Pig Association - By Digby Scott - 4th July 2003

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