Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Show Organisers in Plea for Change to Farm Rules

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Show Organisers in Plea for Change to Farm Rules

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Byline: By Anna Lognonne

Organisers of a County Durham show have launched an appeal to try to get Defra to change FMD movement restrictions so that they can attract livestock entries to their event.

The committee of Langdon Beck Show wants Defra to reduce the six-day standstill period to zero for show animals or reinstate the exemption to allow dedicated isolation units on farms for show animals so that their show can go ahead.

Last year, Defra put in place an exemption which allowed livestock returning from the show to be put into a Government-inspected dedicated isolation unit for the 20-day period while the rest of the farm could continue as normal.

With this exemption gone, sheep returning from a show would invoke a mandatory six-day standstill for the whole farm.

Langdon Beck Show, which is held in Upper Teesdale near St John's Chapel, is scheduled for Saturday September 27, but the organisers fear it may not go ahead unless Defra changes the rules. This is because there are a number of sales at Middleton, Kirkby and St John's within six days either side of this date and farmers taking animals to the show would not be able to buy and sell at these auctions.

Committee chairman Neville Bainbridge said: "Most of the sheep exhibited at the show are Swaledale sheep. There are no cattle. But no-one is going to exhibit if it means their not being able to buy and sell at the big Swaledale sale on the Monday. Ninety per cent of our exhibitors attend this event.

"We cannot move the day of the show. Every weekend before our date is already taken by other local shows and pushing the show back into mid to late October would mean very short days and much poorer weather. Ours is not the only show likely to be affected. The autumn shows at St John's, Wolsingham, Stanhope, Bowes and Eggleston are at risk as are many others throughout the country, both this spring and autumn. …

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