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Slaughter movement greenlight, hopefully imminent

by 5m Editor
8 August 2007, at 11:38am

UK - DEFRA announced during a confernce call to NPA that results from further tests from the second infected premises are clear. As a result there will be discussion with industry stakeholders this afternoon when an announcement will be made about resumption of movement to slaughter.

NPA's Ian Campbell stressed that the announcement should be accompanied by clear advice about licencing arrangements - ie. what licence will be needed, and where it should be obtained.

No to NI, not right
In the mean time, we hear that a shipment of pork from Northern Ireland has not been allowed into Japan even though there is no European Union ban on exports from the province.

Grampian Country Food Group said the European Commission was trying to clarify the position with the Japanese authorities and it hoped the export would be allowed in today. The consignment contains bones, ears and trotters.

Welfare worries
Pig producers are currently attempting to devise temporary housing for pigs that cannot be moved to their growing and finishing sites. One of the biggest problems is finding ways to feed and water the animals, as most temporary accommodation has limited facilities.

The RSPCA is offering a telephone hotline to help farmers who are experiencing welfare problems. The hotline will give advice, broker services between callers and if necessary will despatch frontline RSPCA staff who can visit and offer practical assistance to producers. The hotline number is 0870 7538333.

Producers with animal welfare concerns also have the option of contacting their local Animal Health office - but responses may vary.

5m Editor