ANIMAL HEALTH officers are mounting an awareness campaign to remind producers of animal movement rules amid concern that breaches are on the increase.

Devon County Council is to spearhead a campaign using fliers and posters in marts to raise awareness after enforcement officers looking after the county’s 10 livestock markets discovered routine breaches were being recorded by producers submitting movement records (AML1s).

Nick Perkins, an enforcement office with Devon Trading Standards, says breaches are often due to simple misunderstandings.

Foot-and-Mouth

“Having stood alongside farmers through foot-and-mouth and seen healthy animals destroyed, they need to understand we want to reduce breaches and avoid such a situation occurring again.”

Once cattle or sheep have been moved to a holding a six-day standstill rule is invoked (a 20-day standstill still applies for pigs). “The farm cannot move stock off the holding unless direct to a dedicated slaughter market, collection centre or abattoir on a one-way ticket,” he says.

“Our main concern is producers” understanding of whether slaughter markets are dedicated or not – where animals entered in the ring cannot be taken home.

“Auctioneers openly advise producers whether slaughter markets are dedicated or not. It just requires more attention to cut breaches to zero,” he says.