NFU GAINS VALUABLE GRAZING DEROGATION DURING
MAFF has granted farmers
derogations for livestock grazing on set-aside land to ease the feeding crisis
caused by foot and mouth disease movement restrictions after urgent lobbying by
MAFF has introduced this emergency derogation on animal welfare grounds ahead
of formal ratification by the Commission.
NFU President Ben Gill said "Farmers have been beset with worry over this
crisis, and the resulting welfare problems for their animals have added to
"This derogation will provide vital relief to livestock which have been
held in over-grazed fields under the current emergency movement
MAFF have issued operating instructions to Regional Service Centres with
immediate effect, and farmers will need to notify their RSC of their action.