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Artificial breeding control repayment charges

by 5m Editor
10 February 2006, at 12:00am

UK - Defra has found an error in legislation following a review of the cattle and pigs Artificial Breeding Controls (ABC) Regulations which meant that the department does not have an adequate legal basis to charge for certain services, writes FARMINGUK.

All payments without an adequate basis which have been made over the past six years will be refunded with interest. The regulations are now being amended and updated to allow charges to be made.

The services are tests for campylobacter in cattle and exit and follow-up tests on pigs. It also applies to a second series of tests on cattle subject to semen collection for intra-Community trade and pigs subject to semen collection for domestic and intra-Community trade.

The second series tests subject cattle to testing for brucellosis, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, campylobacter foetus and trichomonas foetus and subject pigs to testing for brucellosis and Aujeszky's disease.

The charges for these services are suspended with immediate effect. Customers are to be refunded the fees collected for these services for the six-year period prior to this suspension. Fees for which there is a legal base will continue to be charged.