Farming groups have welcomed a decision by the Welsh Government to delay the introduction of quarantine units until September 11.
The Cabinet Secretary, Lesley Griffiths, was forced to push the date back from June 12 after strong criticism from the Farmers’ Union of Wales and NFU Cymru.
Though supportive of the principle behind the new rules, which should allow farmers to buy and sell animals in the same week while continuing to prevent the spread of disease, both unions expressed grave concerns about high costs, additional red tape and the tight original timescale which was set to interfere with show season.
Ms Griffiths said: “Following discussions with key farming and stakeholder organisations over recent days, I have decided isolation facilities may continue to be used by livestock keepers for agricultural shows and those wanting to move animals for breeding purposes until September 11 2017, when the new legislation on quarantine units will come into force.
“I am sure this approach will be of benefit to the agricultural summer shows and to livestock keepers who wish to display their animals at these important rural events.”