Foot and mouth movement restrictions to be lifted

Excellent news! This morning’s meeting of EU vets lifted the ban on the export of meat and livestock from the UK and DEFRA is shortly to announce that all current movement restrictions put in place outside the surveillance zone will be lifted as of midnight tonight. However, any movements made will be subject to a 20 day standstill.

That will greatly ease the burden management movements, but as yet DEFRA has not announced any resumption of live markets or shows, unlike their Scots and Welsh counterparts.

Hopefully, they will follow the devolved administrations’ lead and make an announcement shortly. This will enable most sales planned for September to revert to previous dates. Whether show’s which have cancelled livestock classes reinstate them has yet to be seen, although some may chose not to due to plans already put in place.