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The Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Slaughter and Vaccination) (Scotland) Regulations 2006

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Transport, treatment and distribution of dung and manure

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18.—(1) This paragraph applies to dung or manure from premises in a vaccination zone where susceptible animals are kept.

(2) No person shall transport or spread dung or manure from premises in a vaccination zone where susceptible animals are kept unless such transport or spreading complies with sub paragraph (3) or sub-paragraph (5) or sub-paragraph (7), and with sub-paragraph (10).

(3) Transport of dung or manure complies with this sub-paragraph where it is to an establishment for treatment to destroy the disease virus and is authorised by a licence granted by the Scottish Ministers.

(4) The occupier of any premises to which dung or manure is transported by authority of a licence granted under sub-paragraph (2) shall ensure that it is treated in accordance with point 5 of Section II in Part A of Chapter III of Annex VIII to Regulation (EC) No. 1774/2002, as amended.

(5) Transport and spreading of dung or manure complies with this sub-paragraph if–

(a)it is under the authority of a licence granted by an inspector; and

(b)before grant of the licence a veterinary inspector has clinically examined all susceptible animals on the premises where it was produced and is satisfied that they are not suspected of infection.

(6) A licence granted under sub-paragraph (5) shall include terms requiring that dung or manure–

(a)is spread from not more than 1 metre above the ground;

(b)if liquid, is not be discharged by equipment producing a jet or spray unless the discharge point is directed downwards at an angle of not less than 45° from the horizontal; and

(c)is immediately incorporated into the ground.

(7) Transport and spreading of dung or manure complies with this sub-paragraph if–

(a)it is under the authority of a licence granted by an inspector; and

(b)before grant of the licence a veterinary inspector has clinically inspected all susceptible animals on the premises where it was produced and is satisfied that they are not suspected of infection.

(8) A licence granted under sub-paragraph (7) shall include a term requiring that manure is injected into the ground.

(9) Any licence granted under sub-paragraph (5) or sub-paragraph (7) shall contain at least the following terms–

(a)designation of the areas within which the dung and manure must be spread; and

(b)designation of a distance from other premises keeping susceptible animals within which dung or manure must not be spread.

(10) Transport of dung or manure complies with this sub-paragraph if it is carried out in vehicles which are–

(a)constructed and maintained so that there is no leakage of the load during transport; and

(b)cleansed and disinfected in accordance with the directions of an inspector, after loading and before leaving the premises of origin.

(11) After transporting dung or manure under this paragraph, the person in charge of the vehicle shall ensure it is cleansed and disinfected in accordance with the directions of an inspector, after unloading or spreading and before leaving the premises of destination.

(12) The person in charge of a vehicle to be cleansed and disinfected under sub-paragraph (11) shall ensure that such cleansing and disinfection is carried out so that–

(a)the exterior (including the wheels and wheel arches) is not marked with mud, dung, manure or similar matter on leaving the premises of origin or the premises of destination;

(b)the interior (excluding any driver or passenger compartment) is not so marked on leaving the premises of destination; and

(c)any additional requirements as an inspector directs are complied with.

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