30/11/2001

Sheep imports and exports to Republic to resume

The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development has announced that sheep imports and exports to and from the Republic of Ireland will resume with effect from midnight on December 9, 2001.

The restrictions were originally put in place in February because of the Foot and Mouth outbreak in Counties Armagh, Antrim and Tyrone.

With effective from December 10, sheep can now be exported to the Republic of Ireland for breeding, production and fattening purposes.

Bríd Rodgers said: “I am pleased that after such a long break because of the Foot and Mouth crisis, the export of live sheep to the Republic will recommence from midnight on 9th December. This will be welcome news to sheep producers and exporters in Northern Ireland although they should note that the trade will have to take place under full EU certification requirements. This resumption of exports heralds another step on the road to full and normal commercial farming activities following Foot and Mouth Disease.”

The minister explained that prospective exporters should note that the export of breeding and fattening sheep is resuming under intra-European Community trade rules and as such consignments must be accompanied by the necessary health certification. (AMcE)

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