Warwickshire Rural Hub
Legislation & Regulation
Reminder of APHA notifiable disease list
The Animal and Plant Health Agency has updated its list of diseases that must be notified to them following the recent confirmed outbreak of Avian Influenza in Cheshire. A reminder of the list of diseases is here.
New training fund for vets to prepare for 1 January 2021
Defra has today (1 October 2020) launched a £300,000 fund for vets and local authority officials to access free training to support the UK preparedness for the end of the transition period. From 1 January 2021 an Export Health Certificate – a document that confirms an export of live animals or animal products meets health requirements – will be needed to export to the EU. Health documentation is certified by either Official Veterinarians or Food Competent Certifying Officers. The new fund aims to boost the number of vets that are qualified to certify products of animal origin and equines for export. Full information is on this page.
Metaldehyde slug pellets to be phased out by spring 2022
A ban on the outdoor use of metaldehyde slug pellets is to be introduced across Great Britain from spring 2022. Defra farm minister Victoria Prentis said the decision to ban the use of the pesticide on farms and in gardens, except in permanent greenhouses, was being taken “in order to better protect wildlife and the environment”. The use of metaldehyde will be phased out over 18 months to give growers time to adjust to other methods of slug control. It will be legal for manufacturers to supply metaldehyde products until 31 March 2021. Onward sale by distributors and use of the products will then still be allowed for a further 12 months until 31 March 2022.
Reminder to microchip your horse, pony or donkey by 1 October 2020
From October 2020 it will be mandatory for all owners to microchip their horses, ponies and donkeys. The new Central Equine Database will then allow local authorities and police to track down the owners of dumped horses and lost or stolen horses will be reunited with their owners more easily. The Central Equine Database logs all domesticated horses, including those required to be microchipped by October 2020. If horse owners do not microchip their horses by October 2020 they could face sanctions from their local authority including a compliance notice and, as a last resort, a fine of up to £200.
No changes for cross compliance in 2020
There are no changes to the cross compliance rules in 2020. The rules set out in the guidance apply for the whole of 2020. Therefore, you must meet the rules throughout the year. The EU regulations will continue to apply directly in the UK until we exit the EU or until the end of any implementation period. After this time, the EU regulations will be brought into UK law by The European Union (withdrawal) Act 2018. To view the key dates for 2020 please visit this page.
Farming Rules for Water
The new Farming Rules for Water will be enforceable from 2 April 2019. The rules standardise good farming practices that many farmers are already demonstrating following on from the Codes of Good Agricultural Practice. The rules are separate from cross-compliance. Full details of the new rules are available here.
Updated information on riparian rights
Updated information on your responsibilities and rules to follow for watercourses on or near your property, and permissions you need to do work around them, have been placed on the Gov.uk website. Visit the link below to view the information.
New rules for fertilizer management to protect water quality
From April 2018 all farmers in England will need to follow a new set of farming rules for water. New regulations will now be made which will give these rules legal force from then. The rules will:
• promote good practice in managing fertilisers and manures through eight rules covering planning and use, storage and application of fertilisers and manures and soil erosion measures
• encourage land managers to take reasonable precautions to prevent diffuse pollution from runoff or soil erosion
• require soil tests at least every 5 years on cultivated land
• protect land within 5 metres of watercourses from significant soil erosion by preventing poaching by livestock.
Further details can be found on the website below.
Warwickshire re-classified as fully in the Edge Area for TB
Following a public Defra TB consultation held in 2016, and an informal consultation held in October 2017, Defra has announced enhanced cattle measures in the Edge Area; which will take effect from January 2018.
The changes from January 2018 include re-classification of Edge Area counties. The following part Edge, part High Risk Area split counties will be re-classified as fully in the Edge Area
Warwickshire and Oxfordshire
East Sussex, Derbyshire and Cheshire
Reminder on water abstraction licences
If your current water abstraction licence is due to expire, and you want to continue to abstract, you need to apply for a new licence at least 3 months before the existing licence expires.
For more information on applying for a water abstraction licence, please visit the website below.
Please be reminded that Dewlap tags, which are inserted through the dewlap of cattle, are legally classed as a mutilation (Animal Welfare Act 2006). Using the dewlap tag is therefore illegal and if farms are found to be using these tags at an RPA or APHA inspection it will be considered a rectifiable breach and will incur a penalty.
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