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Defra to introduce simpler rules on livestock movements

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SIMPLER rules governing the movement of livestock are to be phased in in England over the coming year. According to Defra, the changes to the existing movement rules form part of the Government's ongoing programme to reduce bureaucracy in the farming industry.

Announcing the new system on April 26, George Eustice, the farming minister, said that making the rules simpler would help farmers understand what they needed to do and would improve disease control capability by ensuring that better information on animal locations was being recorded on Defra's livestock location database.

Changes to the movement rules were originally recommended by the Farming Regulation Task Force, chaired by Richard Macdonald, former director general of the National Farmers' Union (NFU) (VR, May 21, 2011, vol 168, p 522), and Defra announced in January 2014 that it would be making changes to reduce the burden on livestock keepers. The new system will be run jointly by the APHA and the Rural Payments Agency. Defra believes that, as well as reducing the amount of work involved in reporting and recording livestock movements, it will also improve information about animal movements and land being used for livestock production. …

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