Movement of livestock direct to slaughter collections and sales will be allowed starting Aug 23, according to UK chief veterinary officer Debby Reynolds. “Collection centers and direct to slaughter sales will be able to commence (at that time) providing there is no increase in the level of risk,” says Reynolds.

A core group of stakeholders, including the Livestock Auctioneers Association, National Beef Association, British Veterinary Association, National Farmers Union, National Sheep Association, British Pig Executive and the British Meat Processors Association, is working on plans to enable the industry to move forward from the UK's foot-and-mouth disease outbreak this month.

“We will be delighted with the introduction of these new measures which will help the orderly marketing of livestock until normal movements can take place, the core group of stakeholders says.” The remaining timetable, and therefore our return to normality, relies on effective and responsible implementation”.

In a separate development it was announced that a major abattoir in Shropshire, closed temporarily due to the FMD outbreak discovered Aug. 2, would not reopen. “Foot-and-mouth just finished us off and I am coming up to retirement so we decided to sell it on,” says Colon Kinmond, director of the abattoir. “We want to sell it as a going concern because we are the only abattoir that takes all three species in Shropshire.” Bishop's Castle Meat slaughters cattle, pigs and sheep.