Issued By
  Northumberland Trading
  Standards Service




Northumberland Trading Standards Department is pulling out all the stops to support the farming industry this Christmas by keeping the County’s Collecting Centres and Animal Movement Licence Centre open over the Christmas period.

The Animal Licence Centre will only close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day to reduce disruption for the region’s farmers. It will be open from 10am until 12 noon on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve and normal hours every other day.

Animal Licences last for seven days and farmers are asked to make sure that they apply to the Animal Licence Centre in plenty of time before the proposed movement date. The telephone number for the Animal Movement Licencing Centre is 01670 518293.

The County’s Animal Health Inspectors will also be staffing Animal Collecting Centres at Acklington, Hexham, Ponteland and Wooler on 22 occasions throughout the Christmas and New Year Period. Farmers are asked to contact their local Mart for details of which days the Collecting Centres are open over the holidays.

Councillor Peter Hillman, Executive Member for Community Services, said: “After a hard year, we wanted to support the farming industry as much as possible and one way that we can do this was by keeping the Collecting Centres and Animal Licence Centre open as much as possible over the Christmas and New Year period.”

Mick King, County Trading Standards Officer, added: “By keeping these centres open, it means that the farmers can continue with their day to day routines without being disrupted by seasonal holiday closures. The farming industry has had a bad year with foot and mouth and the last thing that they will want, now that animal movement restrictions have been eased, is to not be able to move their animals because of Christmas.” 

For more information, please contact Mick King, County Trading Standards Officer on telephone 01670 534600.