As at 11 October, the number of calves exported from the UK to mainland Europe for fattening, prior to slaughter this year, by country, are in the following table:
Country Estimated number of Calves Belgium 11,526 France 2,349 Germany 34 Italy 738 Netherlands 25,511 Spain 3,200 Total 43,358
Estimated number of Calves
These figures have been taken from the Cattle Tracing System.
Equivalent figures for sheep are not available. However, information from the European Union-wide Trade Control and Expert System, TRACES, (based on export health certification) indicates that sheep exports to mainland Europe from 1 May to 30 September were:
Country Estimated Number of Sheep France 24,452 Germany 6,947 Italy 8,578 Netherlands 2,624 Total 42,601
Estimated Number of Sheep
These figures represent the number of sheep on applications for export health certificates. Not all these sheep will have been subsequently exported. The figures therefore represent a maximum. TRACES does not distinguish between the purpose of exports.
Responsibility for applying Council Directive 91/628/EEC in other member states rests with the relevant competent authority in those countries. However, state veterinary service staff at Animal Health Divisional Offices check route plans when they are returned by transporters. Transporters are required to record details of the actual journey undertaken and to explain any variations from the journey planned.