Producers were given just five working days to prepare for pre-movement TB testing rules when DEFRA published guidance last Friday (10 February) on how testing would work in practice.
Chris Dodds, executive secretary of the Livestock Auctioneers’ Association said: “This is typical of DEFRA, leaving everything to the 11th hour and expecting the livestock industry to sort it all out.”
However, the LAA is convinced that markets will be able to work within the rules when they come into force on Monday (20 February).
And, along with the NFU, the LAA has provided answers to the key questions on pre-movement testing for Farmers Weekly readers.
When does the pre-movement testing regime start?
Which cattle should be tested?
What is an “exempt market”?
Can exempt markets be held on the same premises and on the same day as “Green markets” (six-day rule markets)?
Will markets apply for “exempt” status?
What documentation will I need to prove my cattle have been pre-movement tested?
How long is the pre-movement test valid for?
Who pays for the test?