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EID Seminar at Welsh Sheep Event

The Welsh Sheep Event will provide a platform for producers to get their views on EID across to the Welsh Assembly Government.

Welsh Sheep Event

A seminar has been arranged by NSA Cymru Wales at the forthcoming event to tackle the thorny issues of EID and of the individual recording of sheep movements from 2011. It will take place at 4 pm and the views of farmers will help the organisation to formulate its response to the consultation and various implementation issues recently published by the Welsh Assembly Government.

NSA Cymru Wales has decided that it must hear the opinions of Welsh sheep farmers regarding this most difficult of subjects. The organisation concedes that the seminar is likely to be difficult as it is very clear that by publishing the consultation on how these regulations might be implemented, WAG feels that the battle of principle has been lost and that the EU Regulation will be implemented.

NSA Wales Cymru Chairman Margartet Dalton said: "However much we dislike these regulations and however much NSA continues to oppose them, we have a consultation in front of us to which we must respond if we are to represent the interests of Welsh sheep farmers.

"NSA chief executive Peter Morris and Welsh Assembly Government Livestock Adviser Margaret Griffiths will be able to tell the gathered farmers where we are on this regulation as well as what we know, what we don’t know, and what our choices are."

The Welsh Sheep Event takes place on Tuesday 19 May at Cernioge Bach, Pentrefoelas, near Betws y Coed, just off the A5 and will be opened by Lord Plumb. A one-day technical event, it is a unique opportunity to combine business with pleasure and traditionally attracts several thousand visitors.

The major Sponsors this year are Hybu Cig Cymru and Novartis animal health, mainline sponsors are Innovis and Asda/Welsh Country Foods. Rumenco is also a sponsor.

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