England and Wales consultation on the ban of live animal exports for slaughter and fattening

Welsh Government and Defra have issued a joint consultation on ending live animal exports for slaughter and fattening, that begin in or transit through England or Wales. They are also looking at further improvements to animal welfare in transport. The current rules aimed at protecting animal welfare in transport are derived from directly applicable EU law, Council Regulation No 1/2005. Therefore the Government can now explore alternative options to better protect animal welfare during transport. The UK Government has a manifesto commitment to end excessively long journeys for slaughter and fattening.

The deadline for responses is 28th January, full details can be found here: 
Improvements to animal welfare in transport - Defra - Citizen Space 

Draft National Action Plan for the Sustainable use of Pesticides

The UK Governments has announced a consultation on the draft UK National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides (NAP).

The draft NAP is a five-year plan aiming to minimise the risks and impacts of pesticides to human health and the environment, while ensuring pests and pesticide resistance are managed effectively.

It has been developed by all four nations of the UK and represents a shared ambition for the sustainable use of pesticides. For consultation management, Defra will act as the main point of contact, but will be working closely with the Devolved Administrations throughout.

You can submit your views through Citizen Space. Responses must be submitted by 23:59 on 26 February 2021.

The online consultation and related documents (which should be read before starting the consultation questions) can be viewed here: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/pesticides-future-strategy/sustainable-use-of-pesticides-national-action-plan/

COVID-19 - Important Information for our members and customers


In view of the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve taken the decision to help protect members, customers and colleagues by closing all FUW offices.

All staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future, meaning our team will be continuing with exactly the same service but over the phone/email/skype or other means of remote communication instead. 

Members and customers should continue to contact us as they would, as all our team can be contacted via the usual phone numbers. 

We will be making sure that our service levels are maintained. SAF/IACS appointments will carry on as normal but will be conducted over the phone. 

Contact details for your local office can be found here: https://www.fuw.org.uk/en/contact-us 


Important links relating to the Coronavirus:

The TB Hub have prepared a list of FAQs regarding how TB procedures will be affected by the virus: https://tbhub.co.uk/statutory-tb-testing-of-cattle-in-gb-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Red Tractor Updated Covid-19 position here: https://assurance.redtractor.org.uk/contentfiles/Farmers-7085.pdf?_=637206600290507095

Livestock Auctioneers Association LAA - 25/03/2020: https://www.laa.co.uk/news/3989/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-to-members-and-farmers/

Business Wales (including details of coronavirus support for businesses): https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) available through participating lenders: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/

National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) guidance on Coronavirus: https://www.naac.co.uk/coronavirus-guidance-issued-to-contractors/

National Milk Recording services 24/03/2020: https://www.nmr.co.uk/about-us/coronavirus

Senedd Research Blog: https://seneddresearch.blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-constituency-support/