Ongoing discussion between NFU Scotland and the Scottish Executive
Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD) has ensured that
cattle ID requirements can be operated without producers being exposed
to unnecessary risks when tagging newborn calves.
All newborn calves are required to be identity tagged
within 20 days of birth. This rule remains in place. However, as
many injuries and even some tragic deaths have shown, the process
of tagging calves can be a dangerous one, particularly during the
phase after calving when protective instincts are strong.
Clearly aggressive individual animals are an immediate problem. In dangerous
situations producers may contact the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS)
and gain an extension to the 20 day tagging deadline designed to fit their
Nigel Miller, NFU Scotland Vice-President, said:
“This is hugely positive and the obvious answer to the current risk
situations that many people face. Hopefully, the flexibility will ensure
that there are no more deaths or injuries from the calf tagging process.
“It is very encouraging to see that following our discussions SEERAD
recognises the risk involved in the tagging process and is helping to ensure
the safety of farmers and crofters.
“Producers must however be aware that the 20 day rule still applies
and flexibility will only be given for specific cases.
“NFU Scotland and SEERAD would urge those in high risk situations
to contact BCMS. NFU Scotland members can seek advice by calling NFUS.”
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