Approved Finishing Units (AFUs) provide an outlet for the fattening and/or finishing of clear tested cattle from TB restricted holdings lacking facilities for rearing them.
Cattle may be purchased by an AFU operator from multiple sources. These include both TB restricted and Officially Tuberculosis Free (OTF) holdings.
AFUs are approved to strict biosecurity standards. They must be indoor units located in High TB Areas. AFUs are kept under permanent TB restrictions. Appropriate licences enable moves on and off the premises.
Until now, operators of AFUs in Wales have only been able to send cattle from an AFU to slaughter. From 1 January 2021, we are allowing individual animals to have a single licensed move from one AFU to another.
Rearing AFUs will be operated, enabling calves to be bought from multiple TB restricted holdings, or OTF premises. These animals can then be reared until an appropriate stage in their production cycle. At this point they can be moved to another AFU capable of taking them to slaughter weight.
In November 2020 a pilot market for TB Dedicated Sales was run. As a result, from 1 January 2021, other markets in the High TB Area of Wales will be able to apply for approval to hold a TB Dedicated Sale. A review of the policy is scheduled for 12 months.
Only cattle from TB restricted holdings can enter a TB Dedicated Sale. From there, these animals can only go to an AFU in Wales, or England, or sent directly to slaughter. It is important to understand no animal is allowed return to its home holding from a TB Dedicated Sale.
A licence is needed from APHA to cover the move from a TB restricted farm to a TB Dedicated Sale. It should be noted that no cattle from an AFU can be sent to a TB Dedicated Sale.
All cattle must be identified with ear tags according to the requirements of the Cattle Identification (Wales) Regulations 2007 (as amended). It is especially important to check that an animal has the required ear tags in place, before it moves from the farm premises.