The Livestock Auctioneers Association has issued guidance on new TB movement changes following widespread confusion among cattle producers as to what is expected.
The Association’s executive secretary Chris Dodds said the new rules, which came into force on 1 January were not as complicated as some people initially thought.
“The main point to get across is that the rule change only affects TB breakdown herds,” he explained. “All farmers whose herds are TB free, whether the herds are subject to testing annually or every four years, are not affected,” he said.
“Farmers with restricted herds looking to sell animals at a TB Restricted Sale, or ‘Orange Market’, have actually seen an increase in the period of movement allowance following a clear test, from 60 to 90 days. This means they have an extra 30 days to sell their animals following a clear TB test and subject to AHVLA approval” he said.
Cattle from Orange Market sales can either go directly to an abattoir, to an Approved Finishing Unit (AFU) or return to their farm of origin if not sold.
• See the table below for a summary on what the key changes mean.