The following joint statement has been issued by the NFU, the
National Sheep Association, the National Beef Association, the
National Pig Association and the Livestock Auctioneers Association
on animal movements.
As part of the short term disease control strategy a complete
movement ban is seen by the industry as absolutely necessary.
We recognise that this restriction puts businesses under immense
pressure, but we must resist illegal movements as this could
delay the relaxation of movements.
Industry bodies are all working very closely with Defra to prioritise
the unwinding of movements at the earliest opportunity.
This will be based on an ongoing risk assessment in order that
we minimise the impact on the health and welfare of the animals
and those handling them.
Animal keepers are urged to check their stock regularly and
to keep everything clean. They are also reminded that disinfectant
and cleaning material should be provided at the entrance of holdings
and that meetings between keepers should be avoided.
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