Agricultural Policy

New Zealand expresses concerns over future sheep meat quotas

The Meat Industry Association (MIA) of New Zealand has expressed concerns over decisions to split its sheep meat quota between the UK and European Union (EU) after the end of the Brexit transition period.

New Zealand exporters are preparing for trade disruption in the form of delays and new processes as the likelihood of a no-deal between the UK and EU is becoming evermore greater.

The UK and EU have agreed to unilaterally halve New Zealand’s sheep meat quota of 228,000 tonnes between the two markets. Despite higher exports of sheep meat into the UK in recent months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, New Zealand has rarely filled that quota and therefore trade should not be significantly affected.

However as part of this agreement, the UK share of NZ beef quota will total around 450 tonnes, a ‘commercially unviable’ and therefore useless allocation according to MIA Chief Executive Sirma Karapeeva, given that any exports over the quota will face a 12% tariff.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade say that it is seeking a continuation of current access to both markets from the beginning of 2021 as the current plans remove the flexibility for exporters to adapt to demand.

On a similar vein, second round of negotiations for a UK - NZ free trade agreement have been completed and the third round is planned for late January 2021, notably after the end of the Brexit transition period.

All Wales prevention zone has been declared to protect poultry from Avian Flu

Welsh Government introduced a precautionary all Wales Avian Influenza prevention zone on 11 November in order to mitigate the risk of infection following recent cases in England.

Since cases of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N8 have been identified in domestic and wild birds in England, the risk level for disease in wild birds is now high and the risk of direct and indirect transmission to poultry has increased to medium.

The prevention zone requires all keepers of poultry and other captive birds to take appropriate and practicable steps to comply with mandatory enhanced biosecurity measures including:

  • Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources;
  • Feed and water your birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds;
  • Minimise movement of people in and out of bird enclosures;
  • Clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy;
  • Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas.

DAFM propose plans for stricter TB tests in high-risk herds in Ireland

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has outlined plans to implement mandatory TB testing for cattle, 30 days before moving out of herds with a high risk of TB, in its draft ‘Ten Year Roadmap to Reduce bTB and Drive Towards Eradication 2020-2030’.

The plan suggests that herds with a history of several breakdowns are at a higher risk of recurrence after testing clear, and that DAFM will provide enhanced support to these affected herds including a tailored TB risk management plan for each herd individually.

Cattle that come back with an inconclusive skin test will receive a blood test shortly after and if it is clear, blood testing will continue at regular intervals while the animal(s) remains in the herd.

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) agrees that there is a need for enhanced support for herds with a higher risk of TB however, has stated that it will not agree to any of these proposals until all outstanding issues surrounding TB compensation and wildlife measures are dealt with first.

The DAFM will be holding meetings with the Stakeholders on the TB Forum to discuss the draft strategy.

DPJ Foundation calling for all knitters

The DPJ Foundation has launched its ‘knit a bobble for that wobble’ campaign aimed towards raising awareness and funds for supporting mental health in the Welsh farming community.

Knitting is proven to provide positive physical and mental health benefits including lower blood pressure and reduced depression. The aim is to collect 100 knitted bobble hats before the end of the Winter which will then have a DPJ Foundation label sewn on and be sold to raise funds for the charity.

You can follow this link for a tutorial if you have never knitted before.

Please send your completed hat(s) to the DPJ Foundation office at: Ground Floor Rear Office, 5 Dark Street, Haverfordwest, SA61 2DS.

For more information, please contact Kate Miles, Charity Manager on Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld. or 07984 169652.

 

 

Horses must be microchipped ahead of 12 February 2021 deadline

The Equine Identification Regulations came into force in February 2019 which sets out requirements to identify horses, ponies, donkeys or related animals with a microchip and passport ahead of the 12 February 2021 deadline.

Welsh Government will be writing to all equine keepers outlining what to do in due course.

Please make arrangements with your vet to microchip your animals and to update the corresponding passports with the microchip numbers.

Please also get in touch with your local Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO) as there needs to be sufficient time to process and return the passports before the deadline.

Further information is available here.

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Mae Hwb TB wedi paratoi rhestr o gwestiynnau a ofynnir yn aml parthed sut caiff prosesau TB eu heffeihtio gan y feirws: https://tbhub.co.uk/statutory-tb-testing-of-cattle-in-gb-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Tractor Coch (Red Tractor) dwieddariad yma: https://assurance.redtractor.org.uk/contentfiles/Farmers-7085.pdf?_=637206600290507095

Cymdeithas Arwerthwyr Da-byw - 25/03/2020: https://www.laa.co.uk/news/3989/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-to-members-and-farmers/

Busnes Cymru (sy’n cynnwys gwybdooaeth am gefnogaeth i fusnesau oherwydd y Coronafeirws): https://businesswales.gov.wales/cy/cyngor-coronafeirws

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Canllawiau Cymdeithas Genedlaethol y Contractwyr Amaethyddol (NAAC) ar Coronafeirws: https://www.naac.co.uk/coronavirus-guidance-issued-to-contractors/
 
Gwasanaethau Cofnodi Llaeth Cenedlaethol 24/03/2020: https://www.nmr.co.uk/about-us/coronavirus