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Madders Report

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take in response to the Madders Report on animal movements. (227936)

[holding answer 17 October 2008]: The following Madders recommendations have been implemented:

abolition of temporary calf passport

the issue of cattle passports to late applicants, where parentage of the calf can be proved by DNA testing

revised guidance issued to ensure that cattle arriving at an abattoir with a valid passport with one correct ear tag (and evidence that a second tag had been applied) are accepted as properly identified.

British Cattle Movement Service have written to ear tag manufacturers seeking assurance that standards have been maintained.

Bill Madders (and Iain Anderson in the review and lessons learned exercise following the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in 2007) recommended changes to the way in which DEFRA records the locations to and from which livestock are moved. Work is currently under way to establish the most effective means of doing this. I expect a consultation exercise to follow the conclusion of this work.

Madders also recommended greater use of isolation facilities to allow farmers more flexibility to avoid standstills imposed by movements of livestock on to their holdings. I have accepted this recommendation and expect to consult on implementing it in due course.