Stricter enforcement of sale of calves under 10 days under consideration
Stricter enforcement of rules preventing the mart sale of calves that are under 10 days of age are under consideration.
In reply to queries from the Farming Independent, the Department of Agriculture pointed out that current EU legislation already prohibited the transport of young calves over any distance in cases where the navel was not fully healed.
"The Department has been engaging with stakeholders over the past 12 months in relation to a possible updating of various aspects of current legislation relating to marts, some of which dates back to the 1960s. As part of that process, a wide range of issues are being looked at, including the transport of calves under 10 days of age," said a statement.
The Department added that existing EU regulations prohibited the transport of calves less than 10 days of age over distances of more than 100km.
For such journeys, the regulations also state that consideration should be given to the special requirements of the specific animals.
A transport of less than 100km for the specific species should not be considered unless the navel of the animal is adequately healed.