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Livestock export curb removed

By Linda McKee

Livestock can now be moved from Northern Ireland to all parts of Britain, without the stringent restrictions imposed to curb the spread of foot and mouth disease.

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) announced the trade rule relaxation for live animals exports this week, following the lifting of the FMD Restricted Zone on Monday, November 19.

DARD said its latest veterinary risk assessment suggested live animals can be moved to all parts of Britain without the need for the additional exporter bio-security declaration. The situation will be reviewed immediately if any new foot and mouth outbreaks occur.

The livestock moves are strictly on a one-way basis as a ban remains in place on the import of animals from Britain.

A DARD spokesman said: "Any animals brought back here will be detained at the port and re-exported."

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