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  • Re: New bluetongue cases in western England

    It seems there may be good news on the way on this story. We've been told off the record that a second batch of tests have returned negative results for bluetongue and so no further movement restrrictions will be imposed. This does of course raise questions about the quality of the testing being...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by top tup on Mon, Jan 28 2008
  • Re: New bluetongue cases in western England

    Afraid I've no knowledge of where the outbreak is or how many stock are affected. The feeling is that DEFRA are waiting until Monday so they can consult with stakeholders as to the best course of action. They may extend the current zone westwards or just put in place 20k zones around the outbreaks...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by top tup on Sat, Jan 26 2008
  • New bluetongue cases in western England

    DEFRA is expected to make an announcement on Monday which will confirm new cases of bluetongue in Shropshire and Cheshire. A source close to DEFRA told Farmers Weekly that the cases which had been discovered in the last few days were not believed to have been found in imported animals, suggesting the...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by top tup on Fri, Jan 25 2008
  • Re: Bluetongue meetings in the south west

    25833625, if you have any questions you want answered from the meetings please feel free to post them on the forums and I'll ensure one of the speakers provides the relevant information. Also, you can read a report from the meetings we held last Novemember, regards, Jonathan Long, Livestock Editor...
    Posted to Livestock Lines (Forum) by top tup on Wed, Jan 9 2008
  • Re: Last night's bluetongue meeting

    A more detailed report is now available here
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by top tup on Thu, Nov 8 2007
  • Last night's bluetongue meeting

    Last night was the first of the three bluetongue meetings we're running with NSA, EBLEX, NBA and LAA. We had a great turnout of farmers and the presentations as expected were excellent, particularly Daan Dercksen from the Netherlands. The main lessons from Daan were that next year will be far worse...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by top tup on Thu, Nov 8 2007
  • Re: Blue Tongue DEFRA spin

    Yes Jacobus, but as we can't stop midge movements we have no hope of preventing disease spread completely. Those of us still suffering in the south east have just been slapped in the face again by the EU and face even more losses under the new export rules. Its shambles and we're beggining to...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by top tup on Wed, Nov 7 2007
  • Re: Farming Help Appeal 2007 and Solutions to Mad Cow etc.

    As farmers around the world know, those transporting and manufacturing processed food are polluting our air, land and water as well as destroying our health. This is a time for correction and the message needs to go out to the world that understanding and solutions are available now for world leaders...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by garden paradise now on Tue, Nov 6 2007
  • Bluetongue meetings reminder

    This is just a quick reminder to all of you in the south and east of England that the series of bleutongue meetings Farmers Weekly is organising with NSA, EBLEX, NBA and LAA start this week. The first meeting is on Wednesday at Kettering, the second on Thrusday at Thame and the third and final on (for...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by top tup on Mon, Nov 5 2007
  • Re: Bluetongue Diary Update Friday 26th

    I'm afraid there is more bad news to come for the south east. On 15 November the export rules will change again and they won't do anyone in the former F&M risk zone any favours at all, in fact they'll put us further back in terms of prime sales than we are now. I was shown a map defining...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by top tup on Fri, Nov 2 2007
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