DEFRA has extended the bluetongue protection zone following confirmation of the disease on one farm in Buckinghamshire and another in Hertfordshire.

The protection zone now extends further in to Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire (see map).

BT restricted zones map 29 Feb


The infected animals were found as a result of pre-movement testing currently required to move animals out of zones in the vector-free period.

All evidence suggests that these animals were infected before the vector-free period commenced.

DEFRA expects further cases to emerge through pre-movement testing before the vector free period ends at midnight on the 15 March.