Cattle attending the Royal Cheshire County Show in June from a low risk area will not need to be tested for TB once they return home after the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has approved an exemption application.

As a result, the closing date for cattle entries has been revised and will continue to be accepted until Friday, May 27.

Pre-movement TB Testing remains a requirement of all cattle attending the show.

The exemption brings with it the following requirements:

• Low Risk Area and High Risk Area cattle will be housed separately;

• LRA cattle can stay on the showground for a maximum of 48 hours – from 6pm on Monday, June 20 until 6pm on Wednesday, June 22;

• LRA and HRA cattle will be milked and washed in separate areas;

• LRA cattle must return directly home following the show.

The arrival and departure times for high risk area cattle arrival are not affected by the above.

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Royal Cheshire County Show executive director Nigel Evans said: “We hope that this exemption will encourage those exhibitors from an LRA to attend the 2016 Show, helping to make the first Royal Cheshire County Show a great success, with a good number of cattle in attendance.

“In terms of our closing date, this is now revised until Friday, May 27.

“Remember you can enter online on our website or print off the schedule from www.royalcheshireshow.org .”

New competitors who wish to submit an entry for the Cattle Section, sponsored by Principal Partner Cheshire’s Silk FM 106.9 and Chester’s Dee 106.3, are invited to visit the ‘Competition’ section at the Royal Cheshire County Show website

http://www.royalcheshireshow.org/ .

The Royal Cheshire County Show will be held June 21-22 at Tabley Showground, near Knutsford.