Suspension of standstill rule welcomed - Hazzard
February 19, 2013
Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said that the decision to relax the six day standstill rule is a sensible decision that will be welcomed by farmers.
Mr. Hazzard said,
“The six day standstill rule within livestock was introduced at a time when spreadable diseases needed to be tackled and was a practical precaution.
“After consultation within the industry the decision to relax the six-day standstill rule is a welcome one and will allow farmers to manage their farms in a more efficient manner.
“The Minister Michelle O'Neill has shown throughout her tenure that she adopts a very serious view to farm and animal safety through her fortress Ireland policy and has retained the right to reintroduce the policy if a serious disease is detected.
“This is a sensible decision that not only continues to protect livestock from disease but gives farmers better options in moving their herds around.”