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Farron calls for Six day rule to be scrapped

May 24, 2010 12:00 AM

Following the release of the Liberal Democrat-Conservative coalition agreement, local South Lakes MP Tim Farron has called on Defra Secretary Caroline Spellman to axe the 6 day rule, as part of the coalition's plan to reduce the regulatory burden on farmers.

The six day rule prevents farmers from moving any animals off their farm - except direct to slaughter - for a total of six days after any animal has been moved onto the farm. The rule, which was introduced during the foot and mouth crisis to limit the spread of the disease, causes considerable disruption and frustration to farmers by limiting their ability to move and trade their animals.

Commenting Mr Farron said:

"Considering that we are not currently facing a foot and mouth crisis, the 6 day standstill rule serves absolutely no purpose apart from making life difficult for farmers."

"If we were to experience a new outbreak of the disease then it could be essential to have the rule back in place in order to protect farmers and their animals, but there is no need to have this rule during 'peacetime'.

"The new coalition Government has promised to help farmers by cutting red tape and reducing the burden of bureaucracy. I can't think of a better or more welcome example of this than the removal of the six day rule."