Livestock delayed

Livestock farmers who have cattle and goats to be shipped this month from the United States are advised that the shipment has been delayed until early January.

Cayman’s Department of Agriculture was informed by the shipping company that the shipment could not proceed as scheduled, because of insufficient availability of specialised livestock containers. The new target date is the week of 5 January.

This initiative is being led by the DoA and the Ministry of Agriculture, working in conjunction with the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society. The shipment will contain 102 head of cattle, and 22 goats.

The new breeding stock was selected and purchased in October by farmers, with the assistance of the Florida Department of Agriculture. The animals have since been in quarantine, and underwent rigorous mandatory tests to ensure that they met the necessary health standards.

Farmers with any queries are invited to call the DoA at 947-3090, or visit the office in Lower Valley.