Tighter dipping control on way?
DIPPING controls may become tighter under proposals launched at this weeks Sheep 98 event by the Environment Agency.
Proposals in its report, A Strategic Review of Sheep Dipping, prepared by ADAS, look at options for reducing the impact and threat of dipping to the environment.
In the report, ADAS calls for legislation controlling dipping to be strengthened by, for example, requiring producers to prepare a dip management plan. It also recommends development and promotion of flock management methods which will cut the need to dip.
It says that a code of good practice should be produced to help increase awareness on all aspects of dipping, and that mobile dip contractors should be licensed.
According to a spokesperson, the EA is keen to hear reaction to the proposals.
"The report is attempting to raise important issues and get the industry to talk about them. We are trying to be as sympathetic to farmers as we can, while protecting the environment."
Copies of the report, costing £15, are available from the Bookshop Manager, Environment Agency R&D Dissemination Centre, WRc plc, Frankland Rd, Swindon, Wiltshire SN5 8YF.
Comments should be sent to the Rural Land Use Group, Environment Agency, Rio House, Waterside Drive, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol BS12 4UD. *