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Simplified livestock movement rules come into force

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The new simpler system for farmers to register the land they keep livestock on will be rolled out from now until September 2017.

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Farming Minister George Eustice said his department would start contacting livestock keepers to help them transition to the new arrangements.

 

A first batch of individual letters will be sent to livestock keepers affected by the changes this week.

 

The letters will remind farmers of these changes to animal movement rules and set out the options available to them. Keepers do not need to do anything until they are contacted.

 

Mr Eustice said the new rules were part of Defra’s efforts to cut red tape on farms and relax some of the ‘overly complex rules and regulations’ they face.

 

“Making it simpler for them to understand what they need to do to will not only help them follow the rules – it will improve our disease control capability by ensuring better information on animal locations is being recorded on Defra’s livestock location database,” said Mr Eustice.

 

Standstill

 

Under the existing animal movement regime, many farmers must report livestock movements to any other land they own or rent beyond a five-mile radius of their home farm. The reporting automatically triggers a six-day lockdown – or ‘standstill’ – on the farm during which no animals can be moved.

 

There is also a host of different rules for sheep, cattle and pigs under a complicated web of schemes, including the Cattle Tracing System Links and Sole Occupancy Authorities.

 

The new scheme, to be rolled out over the next 12 months, will replace this complicated bureaucracy and all farmers will be able to move their animals around any land they have registered and are using within a 10-mile radius under a single CPH number without the need for reporting, or standstills.

 

Reporting and standstill requirements for livestock movements to other farms or businesses continue to apply.

 

For an overview of the new arrangements click here

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