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Royal Three Counties Show latest to secure TB testing exemption

The Royal Three Counties Show has become the third major cattle event to secure an exemption from the new post-movement testing rules.
Agricultural shows are seeking exemptions from new post-movement testing rules
Agricultural shows are seeking exemptions from new post-movement testing rules

The Royal Three Counties Show has become the latest show to secure an exemption from new post-movement TB testing rules.

 

The exemption means cattle attending the show from England’s Low Risk TB areas will not need to be TB tested when they return from the show.

 

Under the terms of the exemption cattle attending the show from the LRA will only be able to be present on the showground for 48 hours - from 5pm on Thursday June 16 to 5pm on Saturday June 18.

 

These cattle will be housed separately from those from High Risk Areas and will have to use separate milking and washing areas as appropriate.

 

They will also have to return to their holding of departure after the show.

 

The exemption will not affect cattle from the HRA, which will remain on the showground for the duration of the Show, leaving as usual on Sunday afternoon.

 

Step forward

 

Show manager Doreen Smillie-Gray said the exemption was a significant step forward for exhibitors from the Low Risk Areas who would, under the existing rules, have been prevented from moving any cattle attending the Show for 60-days after the event.

 

“This would have lead to management issues on-farm and restricted both any future show attendance and potentially made trading difficult for these exhibitors," she said.

 

“We hope that those exhibitors from the Low Risk Areas who had entered and been left in limbo waiting to hear whether they could attend or not will now join us and put forward the usual exceptionally high standard of cattle we see every year at Royal Three Counties Show.”

 

Mrs Smillie-Gray added: “Bovine TB is a scourge on the UK cattle industry and all parts of the industry must work together to reduce the devastating impact the disease continues to have.

 

"We encourage all our cattle exhibitors to ensure they comply with all TB regulations and help their industry move forward.”

 

The Royal Three Counties Show follows the Royal Cheshire County Show and this week’s National Spring Spectacular show, in Derbyshire, in securing exemptions from the rules.

Defra Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens defended the policy in a recent interview with Farmers Guardian.

 

 

 


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Testing rules

The introduction of post-movement testing in April means cattle moved into the LRA from higher risk areas need to be tested between 60 ad 120 days after their arrival.

 

As initially announced, the rules required cattle moving to multiple-day shows from the LRA to the Edge, HRA or Wales to be post-movement tested on their return.

 

The basic requirements were:

 

  • Cattle moved from herds in the LRA to non-exempt shows in the HRA, Edge Area and Wales will need to be post-movement tested when they return to the home farm
  • Non-exempt shows outside the LRA will be defined as those lasting for more than 24 hours and that house cattle overnight
  • Cattle are deemed to be housed when they are kept in a structure with a roof and walls which includes a marquee with sides
  • Shows outside the LRA that last for less than 24 hours will be exempt.

 

But a spokesman said Defra did ’not envisage’ requiring cattle moving to shows in the LRA from other areas having to be post-movement tested before they return home, ’given the impracticalities’, which would involve cattle remaining in the LRA for at least 60 days.

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