Welsh farmers will be able to move animals direct from farm to slaughter from today (Friday 14 September) Minister for Rural Affairs Elin Jones has announced.

The Minister said: “On the basis of veterinary advice and risk assessment, I now believe it is a proportionate response to allow movement for slaughter under stringent conditions.

“My priority has always been to contain the spread of the disease and keep Wales foot and mouth free.As I said during the previous outbreak, we will ease restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so and I am pleased to be in that position today.”

“However, we cannot be complacent and need to remain vigilant to ensure Wales’s continuing disease free status. I am conscious also that the easing I have announced today would need to be reconsidered in the event of any further outbreaks of disease.”

The following conditions will apply to movements :

Movements will be from the farm directly to abattoirs.

• Pre-booking will be required.

• Vehicles must be cleansed and disinfected before movement and the drivers to be equipped with clean protective clothing.

• No multiple pick-ups will be allowed.

• Receiving abattoirs will need to have full cleansing and disinfectant facilities for vehicles.

• Animals will be subject to veterinary inspection on arrival.

• Slaughter will be within 24 hours.

• No live animals will leave the abattoir.

• Vehicles must be cleansed and disinfected after unloading at the abattoir.