Interpretation

2.—(1) In this scheme, unless the context otherwise requires:—

accredited herd” means a herd of cattle in Great Britain which to the satisfaction of the appropriate Minister either—

(a)

has been found to be free from brucellosis by means of a series of diagnostic tests carried out by him or on his behalf, and has been, since the date of the commencement of such tests, the subject of adequate precautions against the introduction or reintroduction and consequent spreading of brucellosis, or

(b)

has been wholly constituted by the transfer of animals from other accredited herds in Great Britain or from such similar herds outside Great Britain as the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in relation to herds in England and Wales, or the Secretary of State, in relation to herds in Scotland, may either generally or in any special case allow, and has been, since being so constituted, the subject of such precautions as aforesaid;

accreditation date” means the date on which samples were first taken for use in the final test as a result of which a herd becomes an accredited herd, or, in the case of an accredited herd wholly constituted by the transfer of animals from other accredited herds, the date on which the herd is constituted;

the appropriate Minister” means the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food or, in relation to herds kept in Scotland, the Secretary of State for Scotland;

brucellosis” means the disease caused by brucella abortus;

brucellosis incentives agreement” means a voluntary arrangement between the appropriate Minister and the owner of a herd providing for the eradication of brucellosis from the herd upon terms which include, for the duration of the incentive period relating to the herd, the slaughter by the owner of any reactors found in the herd without compensation, the making of incentive payments to the owner, and the taking by him of precautions against the introduction or reintroduction and consequent spreading of brucellosis;

cow” means a female bovine animal which in the opinion of the appropriate Minister is suitable for breeding;

eligible cow” means a cow which has borne a calf or is a replacement cow;

eligible herd” means an accredited herd which is the subject of, and the owner of which is party to, a Brucellosis incentives agreement;

incentive period”, in relation to a herd, means the period of five years beginning with the accreditation date of the herd;

incentive payment” means a payment made under this scheme to the owner of a herd in pursuance of a brucellosis incentives agreement;

Milk Marketing Board” means a board constituted by a scheme relating to the marketing of milk made, or having effect as if made, under the Agricultural Marketing Act 1958;

operative date” means the date on which this scheme comes into operation;

period of qualification” means

(a)

in relation to a herd accredited on or after the operative date, the incentive period relating to the herd, and

(b)

in relation to a herd accredited before the operative date, the period beginning with that date and ending with the last day of the incentive period relating to the herd;

replacement cow” means a cow which has in the opinion of the appropriate Minister been brought into a herd to replace a cow which, having borne a calf, has died or been disposed of.

(2) The Interpretation Act 1889 shall apply for the interpretation of this scheme as it applies for the interpretation of an Act of Parliament.