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Consultation begins on six-day standstill alternative

An alternative to the unpopular six-day standstill rule could be on the way in Wales with on-farm isolation facilities being put forward as a possibility by the Welsh Government in an industry-wide consultation.
The consultation will run for 10 weeks
The consultation will run for 10 weeks

Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans, is seeking views on proposals to provide an alternative to the standstill, with the introduction of quarantine units providing an exemption to the current arrangements for cattle, sheep and goats without compromising biosecurity.

 

“We are determined to do everything we can to help support a prosperous, sustainable industry underpinned by healthy livestock,” Mrs Evans said this week.

 

“The proposed changes are designed to simplify current systems, establish consistent rules across species, and reduce the administrative burden on farmers in line with objectives in the Strategic Framework for Agriculture and the Working Smarter report.

 

“The Working Smarter report, produced by Gareth Williams, provided 74 recommendations to the Welsh Government on better regulation in the farming sector.

 

“One related to the unpopularity of the six-day standstill rules associated with the movements of cattle, sheep and goats and I would encourage anybody with an interest to respond,” she added.

 

“The Welsh Government has been working with the industry to simplify and reduce bureaucracy for farmers and the consultation is seeking views on the benefits of implementing quarantine units, as well as the proposed legislative changes and the operational rules required.”

 

The full consultation, which will run for 10 weeks until February 12, is available on the Welsh Government website.


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