Draft Order No WJZ/18205482 of the Minister for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of [date] amending the Order on the prevention, control and monitoring of infectious animal diseases, zoonoses and TSEs and the Order on the trade in live animals and live products, for the second assembly of cattle younger than 12 weeks and introduction of the option to dispatch cattle to a fattening unit.
Assembly centres play a critical role in the trade in cattle, but may also be a source for the spread of infectious animal diseases. In light of this, the Order on prevention, control and monitoring of infectious animal diseases, zoonoses and TSEs sets out provisions on the assembly of cattle for intra-Community trade (transposing Directive 64/432/EEC) and, in addition to this, on domestic trade. This includes provisions to protect animal health and prevent the spread of infectious animal diseases.
The draft Order amends provisions on cattle assembly at and dispatch from recognised assembly centres or fattening units:
- The options are now expanded with what is known as a ‘second assembly’ for cattle younger than 12 weeks.
- In addition, this draft describes the options for dispatching cattle for fattening from a fattening unit or a recognised cattle centre.
- This draft also offers the option, under certain conditions, to accommodate cattle for breeding and those for slaughter separately in different epidemiological units at the same time.
The provisions set out in this Order with regard to assembly at and dispatch from recognised assembly centres for domestic trade in cattle may contain technical regulations.