After 20 years, import from UK will return

after two decades After the imports were closed and after four years of hard work a new hygienic protocol for the entry of semen and embryos was implemented. coming from United kingdom. As commented in Hampshire Down Breeders Association, The result is achieved through the joint action of your being, sanasa, The English Health Service (Defra) and the UK Embassy in Argentina. Likewise, a trip for an Argentine breeder to visit the English cabins of the breed is included.

This protocol includes The necessary health measures to prevent the entry of a strange disease into the country, such as scrapie. They noted that this work involved the exchange of protocols and requirements for health services in both countries, which had been closed for nearly 20 years, since the emergence of bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE) in Europe.”

Strictly speaking, scrapie or scrapie is a fatal and neurodegenerative disease that affects the nervous system of sheep and goats And it belongs to the TSE family, which includes bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease.

The work included the breeders’ trip to the English cabinsGza. Hampshire Down Breeders Association

In this context, make sure of it The selection of animals in the UK cabins and all import procedures was not an easy task. “Since there is scrapie in the UK, Establishments authorized to carry out exports had to undergo rigorous genetic testing to detect the presence of disease-carrying prion,” hung up.

In 2018, the first meeting of sheep farmers with Henry Lewis, of the UK Government's Department of Agriculture (in a suit), and with Marisa Leoncini, Trade and Investment Adviser at the British Embassy in Argentina (center)
In 2018, the first meeting of sheep farmers with Henry Lewis, of the UK Government’s Department of Agriculture (in a suit), and with Marisa Leoncini, Trade and Investment Adviser at the British Embassy in Argentina (center)Gza. Hampshire Down Breeders Association

They added, “In the midst of this whole process, we went through a pandemic that prevented the movement of planes, people and animals, and a major economic crisis in the country that made it difficult to move foreign currencies.”

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They said that next spring The shipment of about 600 doses of semen and about 150 embryos will allow the start of “insemination and embryo transfer work in 13 Hampshire Down and 8 Texel herds”. In addition, they indicated that the genetic material of the Charoli sheep breed was first introduced to two flocks.

Fernando Sainz Valente, president of the association, pointed out that It is an achievement for all sheep breeders. “It is a success after many years as there was no introduction of genetics from where the breed originated. According to the records, The last of the permanent animals to enter and come from the UK did so in 1963 and the old auction site, now Patio Bullrich, was auctioned off”, Hinge.

He concluded that “importing genetic material from selected animals will allow local producers to integrate production characteristics more suitable for current consumption requirements and increase meat production per hectare”.

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