Live exporters warned over transport of animals due high temperatures in Europe
Live exporters have been asked to take account of high temperatures in Europe by the Department of Agriculture.
As in previous years there is a total ban for the months of July and August on the endorsement of Journey Logs for consignments of live animals by road transport to North Africa, Greece and Turkey.
This ban is enforced by the Veterinary Inspector at the Assembly Centre.
Transporters planning journeys to other destinations during the summer months are asked to take account of possible high temperatures en route and to have adequate contingency plans and to consider the following preventative actions.
These include, ensuring that a vehicle is fitted with effective forced ventilation, an increase in the space allowance by at least 30pc, the use of vehicles with fewer tiers to increase headroom and rescheduling journeys or plans it to take advantage of cooler conditions at night.
Most of Europe should experience above-normal temperatures from July-September, except the Nordic region, where temperatures will be cooler than usual, the Weather Company said on Wednesday.
"The magnitude of the warmth so far in June has been impressive across much of mainland Europe," said Dr. Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist with The Weather Company.
"With no significant change apparent for the remainder of June, the odds are increasing that this locks in and becomes the dominant summer pattern going forward," he said.