11 January 2000
Inspections down to cut red tape

By FWi staff

THE responsibilities of people involved in cattle tracing inspections are to be clarified in an attempt to cut the number of on-farm inspection visits.

The Cattle Identification and Inspection Group has drawn up a new set of rules which clarifies the roles of all those involved in cattle identification issues.

It is hoped that redefining responsibilities will end confusion over who does what and reduce the number of farmers receiving repeated visits from inspectors.

Reducing the quantity and timing of on-farm inspections was recommended by a red-tape working group which reported to the government before Christmas.

Agriculture minister Nick Brown pledged to reply to the recommendations, aimed at reducing the regulatory burden faced by farmers, before next month.