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Suspension of standstill rule welcomed - Hazzard

19 February, 2013 - by Chris Hazzard

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.”

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