30 day rule on cattle exports could damage live trade boom
Tighter controls on the sale of animals destined for export markets have the potential to seriously disrupt the live trade.
It has emerged that new regulations which are due to come into force early next year will stipulate that all animals bought in the marts by exporters must be held for 30 days prior to being shipped.
At the moment, cattle bought in marts and bound for export only require a 30-day pre-movement test for TB.
However, the new regulations will require shippers to prove that they have owned the cattle for up to a month or that they have been purchased directly from the farm.
Under the new controls, all cattle being exported must have a 30-day pre-movement test; must come from the holding where they have been resident for the previous 30 days; once they leave the holding of residence they must be held in a recognised assembly area and exported within six days.
As marts do not qualify as recognised assembly areas, the sale of an animal through a mart is viewed under the new regulations as a breach of the 30-day residency.
One industry source maintained that if marts were to be recognised as designated assembly points, then special export sales would have to be organised where all animals were 30-day pre-movement tested.