Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for the North East and Rural Affairs spokesman, Mike Rumbles, today questioned the Scottish Governments decision to create a different livestock movement register to the rest of the UK, when integration across borders is required.
Following a statement to Parliament the new system, ScotMoves, will be rolled out in the New Year and is independent to the system rolled out in rUK.
“The Cabinet Secretary is correct that we need accurate information on livestock movements to counter the spread of disease and that steps are required to minimise risk. However he overlooked the fact that the foot and mouth outbreak started in England. From the first of January, Scotland will therefore use a system independent of those in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
“It is appalling that contrary to the recommendation of the Scottish National Farmers Union, Scotland will not be integrating systems in the interest of preventing the spread of livestock disease, such as foot and mouth, across the UK. The Scottish Governments obsession with being separate from our neighbours has now gone too far and this is not in the interests of protecting Scottish Farming and Livestock”