Further movement restrictions to be lifted

Movement of cattle and sheep direct to slaughter collections and sales will be allowed from 23 August, Debby Reynolds, the chief veterinary officer has announced today.

The move, subject to no alteration to the level of risk, is the next step in the governments ongoing risk-based, staged approach to movement controls following the foot-and-mouth outbreak, said Reynolds.

She added: "Collection centres and direct to slaughter sales will be able to commence from midnight on Wednesday, operating from Thursday 23 August providing there is no alteration to the level of risk."

A core group of stakeholders, comprising the Livestock Auctioneers Association, National Beef Association, British Veterinary Association, National Farmers Union, National Sheep Association, British Pig Executive and the British Meat Processors Association, is working with Defra to develop joint plans to enable the industry to move forward from the FMD crisis.

The core group of stakeholders said: "We have been working in partnership with Defra at the highest level and believe that industry will be delighted with the introduction of these new measures which will help the orderly marketing of stock until normal movements can take place.

"We particularly appreciate the time and effort of the staff which enabled the introduction of dedicated slaughter markets as well as collection centres. Vigilant and compliant operation of the above is of critical importance. The remaining timetable and therefore our return to normality relies on effective and responsible implementation."

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