European Ministers are set to discuss Scottish proposals on electronic sheep identification after UK Government requested the subject be raised as an AOB item.
Themeasures aim to ensure an effective and workable traceability system fordisease prevention and control.
A short paper has been submitted for consideration, the purpose of which is to seek support from other member states and to persuade the European Commission to propose further amendments to Regulation 21/2004 to allow individual tagging of sheep to be deferred until they leave the holding of birth.
Speakingbefore attending the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Luxembourg, RichardLochead, the Cabinet secretary for rural affairs and the environment, said: “Iam delighted that this Scottish proposal will be raised in Luxembourg. Wemust ensure that Scotland has an effective, efficient and workable traceabilitysystem for disease prevention and control.
”Iraised this issue at a recent meeting with Hilary Benn and I delighted that itis now on the agenda. Wewill continue engagement with the UK Government to press the Commission toreduce the burden of implementation on Scottish farmers.”