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The Swine Vesicular Disease Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

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Movement of pigs off premises in the protection zone

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3.—(1) A person may not move pigs off premises in the zone except under the authority of a licence granted by the Department.

(2) The Department may grant a licence at any time in the case of a holding divided by a highway provided that the sets of premises would be contiguous except for the highway.

(3) Otherwise a licence may be granted if 21 days have elapsed since the last premises in the zone infected with swine vesicular disease were cleansed and disinfected by the Department and the move is direct to a slaughterhouse designated for that purpose by the Department where a pig is kept and slaughtered separately from other pigs, provided that—

(a)a veterinary surgeon has inspected all the pigs on the premises, and examined any pigs to be moved to slaughter (with negative results) within the 48 hours preceding the movement; and

(b)the pigs are transported in a sealed vehicle.

(4) Under exceptional circumstances the Department may grant a licence to move a pig direct to other premises located within the protection zone, provided that a veterinary surgeon has inspected all the pigs on the premises, and examined any pigs to be moved, (with no clinical sign of swine vesicular disease) within the 48 hours preceding the movement.

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