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Stackyard News Jan 06

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    Farmers Encouraged to Report Cattle Clipping Accidents

NFU Scotland is continuing efforts to lobby the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) with regard to cattle clipping requirements which we believe are causing too many injuries among farmers and farm workers. Reports are often received from NFUS members that they have received injuries whilst clipping cattle in preparation for going for slaughter.

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Lisa Webb, NFUS Livestock Policy Manager, said:

"If you are subject to any sort of accident whilst clipping cattle, it is important that you get in touch with NFU Scotland to inform us. The only way we can successfully lobby against unnecessary clipping requirements is if we have evidence from farmers that the process is a dangerous one.

"In order to gauge the actual level of injuries which occur across the country and continue to lobby against clipping requirements, which we believe are too stringent and lead to too many injuries, we have developed a pro forma accident report.

"I should be grateful if members would take a moment to complete the report form and return it to me. Copies can be obtained either inside the next issue (February issue) of the NFUS magazine, the Scottish Farming Leader, or by calling me at NFUS Head Office on 0131 472 4034."

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