In view of the forecasts, all road transport of live ruminants to/through Spain is prohibited as and from tomorrow morning, (Saturday, August 3rd), until further notice.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine said: “For the rest of Europe, journeys must only be endorsed when the VI is satisfied that animals will not be transported through areas with forecasts for temperatures of above 30°C, for any part of the journey.”
While a tolerance of up to 5°C above that is allowed in the Animal Transport Regulation for temperatures within vehicles, temperatures and relative humidity can be higher inside a trailer than outside, the spokesperson highlighted.
The European Commission has recently circulated MS advising, with reference to the Regulation, “that no long-distance transports should take place if temperatures are forecast to exceed 30°C”.
Protect animal welfare
Exporters planning journeys that will pass through areas with ambient temperatures at time of transport of 27-30°C are encouraged to adopt other measures to protect animal welfare, such as increasing the space allowance by at least 20% and/or using vehicles with fewer tiers to increase headroom.
It should be noted that 30°C is not a satisfactory temperature for transporting animals, but the extreme upper end of the permitted range; this is particularly so for animals from Ireland (as opposed to Central or Southern Europe where animals may be more acclimatised to high temperatures).
This notice does not affect the country-specific ban on road transport of all animals throughout July and August to North Africa, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria and Croatia; this ban remains in place.
An update will be issued on Tuesday, August 6th before 1pm.