UFU calls for DAERA to streamline cattle movement paperwork

Tuesday, 4 June, 2019

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is calling on DAERA to streamline cattle movement paperwork and remove the compulsory requirement for hard copies of the MC2 document to accompany cattle when travelling for sale or slaughter.

UFU animal health and welfare chairman, Desmond Fulton says in cases where both parties are comfortable using APHIS online, an electronic copy of the MC2 document should be accepted. “As more farmers embrace APHIS online for animal movements it is important that we use this technology to reduce unnecessary paperwork and frustrations for farmers. Where both parties are comfortable using APHIS online, it seems logical that an electronic movement document should suffice,” he said.

Mr Fulton added, “With DAERA moving to provide more digital and online services, I would hope that they would look upon this suggestion favourably. At this point, the decision whether or not to print a copy for your own or the buyers' records should be optional.”