Statement from IAAS on pregnant animal sales through the live ring

21 Mar 2024

IAAS would like to remind all vendors using Scottish auction marts to sell their livestock, that the sale of pregnant animals through the prime and cull rings is not allowed. This is in breach of animal health and welfare regulations.

We have had some recent incidents where in lamb sheep have been sold through the live ring and purchased by a processor. This leaves the processor with a very difficult situation and this practice is unfair on the livestock and the processor.

IAAS wish to support those processors and butchers who use the live ring as they help create a trade for all prime and cull stock. We also ask our vendors to support the market and these processors by ensuring that stock presented is fit for movement and processing. Failing to do so risks veterinary and government inspections as well as risking farm assurance status if the processor chooses to notify authorities.