Agriculture Minister concerned about EHC ‘segregation and separation’ requirements


The certificate allows Northern Ireland cattle to travel to and from a sale or exhibition in Great Britain within 15 days, but certain conditions must be met.

Mr Poots said he was also “opposed to re-labeling requirements for animals moving from GB to NI, which run counter to traceability”.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has worked with farmers’ unions, UK market operators and other stakeholders to put in place arrangements to facilitate the movement of livestock from the Great Britain to the NI.

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Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots.

Britain’s traders, who export to livestock markets and sales, are working with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) to put in place arrangements to support the movement cattle and sheep.

Mr Poots commented: “My department and Defra have worked with the European Commission to introduce changes in existing EU law to make these movements possible.

“The movement of animals between Great Britain and Northern Ireland has been subject to conditions for many years.

“Import controls are important to keep our health high, to preserve export markets and to support the industry.

“It is important for breeders of high genetic value animals in Northern Ireland to maintain market access both in the UK and in Europe.

“The new arrangements will help achieve this goal.

“I am pleased to note the efforts of the livestock industry across the UK and, in particular, the sales organizers, to welcome cattle from Northern Ireland and improve biosecurity for all animals that participate in these events.

“Buyers can buy with confidence and if the animals remain unsold, they can be returned to their original premises without hindrance. “

The Minister continued: “However, I am concerned about the segregation and separation requirements, as I believe they will not work in practice.

“I am also opposed to re-labeling requirements for animals moving from GB to NI, which run counter to traceability.

“As Minister of DAERA, I have ensured pragmatic approaches to the unprecedented challenges we have faced over the past year, and I can assure the farming community that I will continue to do so and lobby. the UK government and the EU to find solutions that will work on the ground.

Details of the new easements and the movement of cattle from Britain to Northern Ireland can be found on the DAERA website:


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