Collection centre data sorted out

By James Garner

THE operating conditions for collection centres for store cattle and calves have just been finalised and will arrive with local authorities this week.

The centres have been able to apply for licences to operate collections for store cattle and calves in counties designated free of foot-and-mouth from the week beginning 17 September.

According to a Defra spokeswoman, the rules state that producers will be able to apply for a licence to send calves and store cattle to a centre, but these animals must be pre-sold to a single destination before movement is sanctioned.

Whether more than one batch of store cattle or calves will be allowed at the centre on the same day remains unclear.

Sheep breeders around markets like Hawes in North Yorkshire were hoping to be able to move some breeding stock this autumn, but theres no prospect until October, says mart manager Maurice Hall.

Lightweight wether lambs are now trading for about 140p/kg dw, with lighter weights making even less at 130p/kg. At this price the Livestock Welfare Disposal Scheme is attractive at 10/lamb.

According to the Intervention Boards latest estimate, about 31,000 lambs had been slaughtered through the disposal scheme by last Friday.


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