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Farmers Ferry promises to co-operate on welfare

27 October 1998
Farmers Ferry promises to co-operate on welfare

FARMERS Ferry bosses have pledged to work more closely with animal welfare officials after they were criticised for denying a MAFF inspector access to their ship …more…


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Farmers Ferry promises to co-operate on welfare

27 October 1998
Farmers Ferry promises to co-operate on welfare

By FWi staff

FARMERS Ferry bosses have pledged to work more closely with animal welfare officials after they were criticised for denying a MAFF inspector access to their ship.

Representatives of the farmer-owned ferry company met MAFF officials on Friday, to discuss the circumstances which led them to turn away a veterinary inspector from their ship as it transported a cargo of live sheep to France last week.

The inspector had asked accompany the 12 lorry-loads of sheep from Dover to Dunkirk after forecasts of bad weather and Force 8 gales in the English Channel last Wednesday.

But the ferry captain refused the inspector access and later set sail alone, claiming the weather had improved significantly and the wind had calmed.

The move incurred the wrath of junior farm minister Elliot Morley, who described the lack of cooperation shown by Farmers Ferry as “extraordinary and deplorable”.

Company secretary David Owen yesterday (Monday) said that Farmers Ferry would henceforth work more closely with MAFF, to ensure that the highest animal welfare standards were maintained.

“Following our meeting with MAFF officials on Friday, we understand that the ministry would like us to assess the effect on stock of transport in adverse weather conditions,” said Mr Owen.

“I would stress that the ferry will not sail when, in the opinion of the captain, conditions are likely to cause unnecessary stress to the animals.”

Mr Owen said that Farmers Ferry had arranged for a French ministry vet to inspect the cargo of sheep following last weeks incident.

The French vet had given the sheep a 100% satisfactory bill of health, he added.

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Farmers Ferry promises to co-operate on welfare

26 October 1998
Farmers Ferry promises to co-operate on welfare

FARMERS Ferry bosses have pledged to work more closely with animal welfare officials after they were criticised for denying a MAFF inspector access to their ship …more…


  is here
Report your cattle movements direct to the BCMS on FWi

Making Money out of Beef – MLC report
click here for a summary

    Read more on:
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Farmers Ferry promises to co-operate on welfare

26 October 1998
Farmers Ferry promises to co-operate on welfare

By FWi staff

FARMERS Ferry bosses have pledged to work more closely with animal welfare officials after they were criticised for denying a MAFF inspector access to their ship.

Representatives of the farmer-owned ferry company met MAFF officials on Friday, to discuss the circumstances which led them to turn away a veterinary inspector from their ship as it transported a cargo of live sheep to France last week.

The inspector had asked accompany the 12 lorry-loads of sheep from Dover to Dunkirk after forecasts of bad weather and Force 8 gales in the English Channel last Wednesday.

But the ferry captain refused the inspector access and later set sail alone, claiming the weather had improved significantly and the wind had calmed.

The move incurred the wrath of junior farm minister Elliot Morley, who described the lack of cooperation shown by Farmers Ferry as “extraordinary and deplorable”.

Company secretary David Owen today (Monday) said that Farmers Ferry would henceforth work more closely with MAFF, to ensure that the highest animal welfare standards were maintained.

“Following our meeting with MAFF officials on Friday, we understand that the ministry would like us to assess the effect on stock of transport in adverse weather conditions,” said Mr Owen.

“I would stress that the ferry will not sail when, in the opinion of the captain, conditions are likely to cause unnecessary stress to the animals.”

Mr Owen said that Farmers Ferry had arranged for a French ministry vet to inspect the cargo of sheep following last weeks incident.

The French vet had given the sheep a 100% satisfactory bill of health, he added.

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