On 29 July 2013, DEFRA launched a consultation which paves the way for the introduction of the new sheep database and reporting system in England in spring 2014. This consultation also relates to goats and deer although as little change is proposed, the NFU response will focus on sheep. This consultation covers several areas including some less controversial housekeeping changes that must be made to the regulations; however it includes the proposal to remove the derogation for non-electronic slaughter tags.
MOD undertook a public consultation between May and July this year on its proposal to revise two undertakings given in respect of land at Warcop Training Area. The Federation was not invited to take part in the consultation/ comment on the proposals. We heard about it through a solicitor in Appleby after the end of the consultation period.
Defra has been seeking views from farmers and other interested parties on a package of proposals for the simplification of livestock movement rules and holding identifiers in England. It was also seeking views on sheep and goat recording and reporting arrangements to replace the transitional arrangements introduced on 1 January 2010. Over time the livestock movements and tracing regime in England has grown steadily more complex as it has been adapted to take account of Community law and amended in response to a number of disease outbreaks.