Help at hand for farmers

19 Sep 2017

With the onset of autumn, traditional breeding sales are getting underway at livestock markets across the region, making it a busy time for those involved in all aspects of farming.  

To support the industry, Northumberland County Council’s Trading Standards Animal Health Inspectors will be stepping up activity at the markets to help and advise businesses to stay within the law.

The inspectors will provide advice on moves to or from 10 mile areas, six day standstill rules, identification of livestock and welfare of animals in transport.

They’ll also answer any questions about animal health and welfare, as well as rules on feed hygiene and the need to register with the service.

Councillor John Riddle, Northumberland County Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, Housing and Resilience said: “As a farmer myself, I know how important the industry is to the Northumberland economy and the Council is fully committed to supporting it.

“These markets are an excellent opportunity to speak to officers who know all about the rules and regulations who will do what they can to help farmers to stay on the right side of the law.

“The controls can be complex but the inspectors are there to help farmers understand exactly what they need to do on their farms.”

As well as being at markets, the animal health team can also be contacted on 01670 623870 or via email at tradingstandards@northumberland.gov.uk, for advice on any livestock rules and regulations.