Some Scottish producers will breathe a weary sigh of relief
as the export market for Scottish meat reopens today (Friday,
October 12) following months of turmoil.
Jim McLaren, NFU Scotland President
The move is indeed a welcome step along the way to normal trading.
However, although the much-needed export of Scottish beef, pork
and lamb will recommence, only those farms able to meet the strict
on-farm requirements will be able to supply the demand for Scottish
produce from the rest of Europe.
Meat is only eligible for export if:
- it originates from animals that have been reared for 90 days
in areas where no FMD has been present. This includes the whole
- it originates from animals that have been kept in
a single holding of origin for the last 30 days (a holding is
defined by the County/Parish/Holding (CPH) number)
- there have been
no live animal movements to the holding for 21 days before animals
moved for slaughter (for pigs, only 7 days if the supplying holding
complies with conditions above)
- there is only single pick-up to
NFU Scotland has welcomed
clarification from the Scottish Government that the rules related
to export requirements will only apply at a holding rather than
business level. That means that a farm business which involves two
or more holdings may be able to use one holding to supply the export
market while using the other holding or holdings to carry out day-to-day
farm management and supply the home market.
Jim McLaren, NFU Scotland President, said:
“This news will be welcomed by those who are in a position
to benefit from it. However, these export conditions are stringent
and so there will be a large number of producers whose situation
will not change significantly tomorrow.
“Live animal exports are still not permitted so those rearing
dairy bull calves for export will not be rejoicing. We must also
remember that even when meat can start moving to Europe again there
is inevitably going to be a backlog which will mean that benefits
won’t be instantaneous.
“Nevertheless, this news is an important step towards a return
to normality and we look forward to more such steps next week when
restrictions are lifted on 17 October.”
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