Organisers of the NSA Wales and Borders Ram Sale say the situation facing both vendors and buyers in the face of Blue Tongue restrictions isn’t as gloomy as had been feared as long as there is no disease present.
And they’re confident that once sheep producers become more familiar with the rules governing movement in the new South East Wales Protection Zone they will find they can trade.
Secretary Jane Smith did emphasise though that the timescale with regard to the vaccination programme is crucial. Flockmasters who intend to sell at either of the early sales in Builth Wells on August 4 and Worcester on August 11 would have to vaccinate immediately.
"The people who have come into the Protection Zone in South East Wales will be able to come to Builth Wells provided they have vaccinated under veterinary supervision and then had a blood test to establish immunity 35 days later", she explained.
"Consignors coming from a clean area can sell anywhere but sheep can only move from a PZ to the clean areas provided they have been vaccinated in accordance with the current rules, which require vaccination under veterinary supervision followed by either a 60 day period to achieve immunity or a PCR test after 35 days", she added.
" Sheep purchased from a clean zone can move to either a Protection or Restricted Zone and can be vaccinated in line with the current recommendations".
Sheep producers in the Protection Zone who are hoping to sell at the NSA Wales and Borders Main Sale on September 20 will also have to vaccinate their sheep under veterinary supervision. They then have to observe a 60 day standstill period.
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