NFU Scotland President Jim McLaren has praised the Scottish
Executive, the Chief Veterinary Officer and authorities for their
swift action to get the Scottish red meat industry back up and
Following discussions between NFUS, other industry bodies and
the Executive, and guided by veterinary advice, farmers are now
allowed to move stock direct to abattoirs. There are currently
22 abattoirs open for business and reports to NFUS suggest everything
is operating smoothly.
Farmers do not have to apply for a licence to move stock to
an abattoir. These movements are the subject of a general licence,
which requires farmers to follow certain rules.
Abattoirs have to go through an approval and authorisation process.
NFUS President Jim McLaren said:
“It is a credit to the Executive, the state vets and other
industry bodies who have all worked together to get the red meat
supply chain back up and running.
“Clearly, every single step we take to ease restrictions
is being guided by the best available veterinary advice. Disease
protection is the over-riding priority, hence the critical importance
of the ongoing movement ban.
“Only movements direct to slaughter, those required to
milk cows or give animals emergency veterinary treatment are
allowed. That still leaves many farmers under extreme pressure
and with concerns on welfare issues. We are in constant discussions
with government stressing the need for further relaxation as
soon as the veterinary experts are satisfied that it won’t
expose us to further disease risks.”
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