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The Swine Vesicular Disease Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

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

(2) The Department may grant a licence if —

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

(b)a serological examination of a statistical sample of the pigs to be moved has been carried out at the owner’s expense without the detection of antibodies to swine vesicular disease within the 14 days preceding the movement; and

(c)vehicles and equipment used for the transport of the pigs are cleansed and disinfected after each transport operation.

(3) In addition, the Department may grant a licence authorising movement—

(a)to a slaughterhouse in the surveillance zone designated for the purpose by the Department where they are kept and slaughtered separately from other pigs, or

(b)to other premises in the surveillance zone provided that no pigs have moved into the premises of origin in the previous 21 days; or

(c)between a holding divided by a highway provided that the sets of premises would be contiguous except for the highway.

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