THE FARMERS Union of Wales is calling on the Welsh Assembly to adopt the same livestock movement rules used in Northern Ireland.

A recent change to the regulations allows livestock farmers in Ulster to place purchased animals in an approved isolation facility for six days and continue moving the rest of their stock freely.

“The FUW has been campaigning for just such an exemption to be introduced here in Wales,” said union president Gareth Vaughan.

“Now that farmers in Northern Ireland have won this concession there is no reason why it should not be introduced in the rest of the UK as soon as possible.”

Mr Vaughan said the union wanted the Irish concession introduced as a matter of urgency. 

But he added that with Britain free of foot-and-mouth disease for three years and a detailed contingency plan in place to ensure the mistakes of 2001 were not repeated, it was time to end the standstill rule.