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Collection centre data sorted out

By James Garner

THE operating conditions for collection centres for store cattle and calves have just been finalised and will arrive with local authorities this week.

The centres have been able to apply for licences to operate collections for store cattle and calves in counties designated free of foot-and-mouth from the week beginning 17 September.

According to a Defra spokeswoman, the rules state that producers will be able to apply for a licence to send calves and store cattle to a centre, but these animals must be pre-sold to a single destination before movement is sanctioned.

Whether more than one batch of store cattle or calves will be allowed at the centre on the same day remains unclear.

Sheep breeders around markets like Hawes in North Yorkshire were hoping to be able to move some breeding stock this autumn, but theres no prospect until October, says mart manager Maurice Hall.

Lightweight wether lambs are now trading for about 140p/kg dw, with lighter weights making even less at 130p/kg. At this price the Livestock Welfare Disposal Scheme is attractive at 10/lamb.

According to the Intervention Boards latest estimate, about 31,000 lambs had been slaughtered through the disposal scheme by last Friday.

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Collection centre data sorted out

21 September 2001

Collection centre data sorted out

By James Garner

THE operating conditions for collection centres for store cattle and calves have just been finalised and will arrive with local authorities this week.

The centres will be able to apply for licences to operate collections for store cattle and calves. Currently, they can only operate in counties designated free of foot-and-mouth from the week beginning Sept 17.

This follows the announcement on new autumn movement arrangements by DEFRA minister Margaret Beckett last week.

According to a DEFRA spokeswoman, the rules state that producers will be able to apply for a licence to send calves and store cattle to a centre, but these animals must be pre-sold to a single destination before movement is sanctioned.

The collection centre will also have to apply for a licence, but no further veterinary inspections will be needed.

Whether more than one batch of store cattle or calves will be allowed at the centre on the same day remains unclear.

Peter Kingwill, chairman of the Livestock Auctioneers Association, says: "There arent any running yet because we were waiting to know how they will operate.

"We are a bit unsure if they will work, but we want to get them up-and-running to help producers, purchasers and auctioneers.

"The biggest problem is dairy calves," he says. "Dairy farmers dont want them on their farms, particularly once they have housed their cows.

"Theres a huge amount of calves being slaughtered that should be being reared on beef farms," he says.

"But you cant buy or sell calves in ones or twos, it just isnt economic."

In the most heavily infected counties – Cumbria, Northumberland, Powys and Lancashire – movements remain very restricted and confined to within county boundaries.

Sheep breeders around markets like Hawes in North Yorkshire were hoping to be able to move some breeding stock this autumn, but theres no prospect until October, says mart manager Maurice Hall.

"Most of our clients are still tied up under restrictions until the end of this month."

He says that most are selling off their wether lambs into the livestock welfare disposal scheme, so they can hold on to their breeding ewes for as long as possible.

"Fortunately, the farms have still got grass, but this can all change very quickly at this time of year."

Lightweight wether lambs are now trading for about 140p/kg dw, with lighter weights making even less at 130p/kg. At this price the LWDS is attractive at £10/lamb.

According to the Intervention Boards latest estimate, about 31,000 lambs had been slaughtered through the disposal scheme by last Friday. &#42

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