As the seasons start to change, producers are reminded they should
ensure sheep presented for slaughter are clean to help avoid additional
Dirty livestock presented at a market or direct to an abattoir
will have to be cleaned up by the processor who will then pass
back the charge to the farmers.
Phil Hadley, EBLEX Regional Development Manager, said: "The
need to present clean cattle and sheep at this time of year makes
sound commercial sense.
"Not only is it a food safety issue to present dirty stock
for slaughter, but if excessive shearing is necessary on sheep
it could damage the value of the hide and further reduce returns
back to the producer.
"Also, given the current disease situation, when taking stock
to slaughter or market ensure your vehicles are thoroughly cleaned
for biosecurity reasons."
The Food Standards Agency has produced guides for beef and sheep
producers on presenting clean livestock for slaughter, available
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