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Clarity needed over livestock reporting and recording rules

NFU Cymru is pressing the Welsh Government for a clear timetable for the simplification of livestock reporting and recording rules.
Farmers want the rules to be simplified
Farmers want the rules to be simplified

The request by union leaders during a meeting in Cardiff with Farming and Food Deputy Minister, Rebecca Evans, follows a Welsh Government consultation on changes to CPH (County Parish Holding) rules and an ongoing consultation looking at changes to the current six-day standstill arrangements.

 

“A simplification of the complex and confusing rules surrounding livestock movement recording and reporting is long overdue and has been a key NFU Cymru lobbying aim for the past 15 years,” says union president, Stephen James.

 

“We welcome the proposed simplifications which will see a rationalisation of holding numbers and a distance limit of 10 miles for a holding within which animals will be able to move without the need to be recorded or reported.

 

“The introduction of these changes will see a phasing out of Sole Occupancy Authorities (SOAs) and Cattle Tracing (CTS) links and introduce one set of rules that cover both cattle and sheep.

 

“A simpler, more effective and efficient system will deliver multiple benefits, not least a more robust disease management and control regime.

 

“The hope is that the recommendations will be taken forward without delay and have asked for a clear timeline as to when the CPH rationalisation programme will begin.”

 

The CPH proposals were part of a package of measures recommended by Gareth Williams in his working smarter report published in January 2012.

 

A further recommendation on the introduction of quarantine units, to mitigate the impact of the six-day standstill is currently being consulted upon.

 

“But the introduction of quarantine units, which cover all classes of livestock, with sensible and practical rules associated with their approval, certification and day-to-day running, is crucial to ensure the full benefits of the CPH programme in terms of simplification can be achieved,” added Mr James.

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