THE National Beef Association has asked the Government to redesign its interim anti-FMD control programme by lowering the profile of the 20-day farm standstill.
NBA chief executive Robert Forster said, "It is clear that the farm standstill is a difficult concept that creates too many movement, trading and management problems and we think the Government is beginning to accept this.
Among the measures the NBA has said should replace whole-farm standstills in a permanent antiFMD control package are a watertight cleansing and disinfection certification system for all livestock vehicles, a batch movement recording system for sheep and a three-week non-return requirement for all stock sold through auction.
This means the standstill principle may actually continue until permanent FMD controls are agreed by government and industry towards the end of the year, " said NBA chief executive, Robert Forster.
Such payment suspensions, also called standstills
or moratoriums, are the logical implication from limiting official financial support.