Caution over Scottish mart re-opening

By Andrew Shirley

NEWS that some Scottish livestock marts could be open for business this autumn has been given a cautious welcome.

The move was announced in a statement by the Scottish Executives rural development minister Ross Finnie last Thursday (5 July).

“From September, and subject to no deterioration in the overall disease position, I could foresee some form of sales outside previously infected areas.”

However, the restrictions mean sales south of the Forth/Clyde line are unlikely to get the go ahead, and seasonal movements of breeding and store animals will still be severely hampered.

“Some form of action needs to be taken soon, if stock cannot be moved by late summer we will have a major welfare disaster on our hands this autumn,” pointed out Peter Kingwill, chairman of the Livestock Auctioneers Association.

“Farmers need to know details now so they can plan ahead and take any necessary remedial action.”


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