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When are livestock marts likely to resume sales?

From 27th April livestock marts across NI have started to reopen under an agreed protocol for both buyers and sellers allowing some sales to take place.  Each mart will operate under their own robust operational protocols, developed by the marts in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive NI and the industry.  This will enable them to conduct business in a manner that is safe for staff, farmers and buyers.  It is the responsibility of everyone attending to comply with these robust operational protocols. 

Please contact the mart directly or check out their website or social media for more details. 

 

Are meat processing plants operating as normal?

The UFU has contacted NIMEA (Northern Ireland Meat Exporters Association) in order to clarify if producers should be taking any additional precautions or changing protocols at this time.

  • Only arrive with prior notification to the plant – your stock must be booked in prior to leaving the farm.
  • Ensure the plant procurement manager has your contact telephone number, and vice versa.
  • Adhere to all government advice on personal protection and plant safety protocols.
  • Double check all paperwork before leaving your holding – Movement Documents and Food Chain Information.
  • Ensure livestock are clean prior to leaving the farm, particularly hindquarters and underbelly where possible.
  • Producers should make no contact with factory staff under any circumstances and you must remain a safe distance of 2 metres.
  • Some plants may ask for additional information and additional protocols many be in place. For example, hand sanitising on arrival and departure.
  • Producers should remain in their vehicle at all times where possible.
  • Ensure you are on site for the shortest amount of time necessary and leave as soon as practically possible.

 

Are live exports of sheep operating as normal?

Live exports at present are continuing to operate.

  • Only arrive with prior notification to the collection centre – your stock must be booked in prior to leaving the farm.
  • Ensure the collection centre has your contact telephone number, and vice versa.
  • Adhere to all government advice on personal protection and safety protocols.
  • Double check all paperwork before leaving your holding – Movement Documents and Food Chain Information.
  • Producers should make no contact with collection centre staff under any circumstances and you must remain a safe distance of 2 metres.
  • Producers should remain in their vehicle at all times where possible.
  • Ensure you are on site for the shortest amount of time necessary and leave as soon as practically possible.

 

What should I do with Fallen stock?

At present, there has been no changes to the usual procedure surrounding the collection and disposal of fallen stock. NFSCo’s request that collectors be classified as key workers has been agreed by DEFRA. NFSCO is issuing updated guidance to collectors and the UFU as it becomes available.

 

What about cattle notifications?

A newly extended telephone service to avoid delays in the movement of cattle, and help keep the food supply chain moving smoothly, has been set up by DAERA. The DAERA Cattle Registration Telephony line currently facilitates the notification of bovine births, deaths and market to farm confirmations.  

Farmers who would normally register the movement of an animal in paper format with DAERA Direct offices will be able to register this activity by telephone. The Cattle Registration Telephone line can be accessed on 0300 200 7855 and is operational Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm. The opening hours of the DAERA cattle registration telephony system will be extended to 8:00pm each Wednesday evening, from 13th May to 15th July 2020. 

If farmers are already registered to use DAERA’s APHIS online system they should continue to use this to notify all cattle births, deaths and movements. 

 

What about sheep notifications?

Buyers are advised to continue to post their notifications to their local DAERA Direct Offices. DAERA Direct Offices will continue to process. There may be a delay at present compared to normal but DAERA are working to address this. UFU has asked that sheep permits can be processed as quickly as possible due to the closure of livestock markets. There are no telephone registration facilities for sheep movements in place.