5 September 2001
Clampdown on livestock movements

By FWi staff

LIVESTOCK movements on and off farms have been banned in much of northern England after the discovery of two more cases of foot-and-mouth.

Officials banned all animal movements within a 6100-square-mile red box area covering Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire on Wednesday (5 September).

Divisional veterinary manager Arthur Griffiths said existing movement licences would be revoked and no new licences issued for at least 21 days.

He added: “This obviously means that there can be no stocking in this area and also the autumn movements of livestock will also not be allowed.

The decision came after foot-and-mouth was confirmed on two farms near Hexham, Northumberland, taking the number of cases in the area to 19.

Slaughter teams and the army were called in to cull 700 sheep at Bolts Hope Farm, Blanchland, and 1500 sheep and 300 cattle at Low Ardley Farm, Hexham.

Meanwhile, fears are growing that the disease could grip County Durham after animals at a farm at Stanhope were slaughtered on Tuesday (4 September).

The livestock were slaughtered under the dangerous contact ruling and it is thought that the farmer had visited an infected holding in Northumberland.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it could be seven days before blood-testing results from the slaughtered stock are available.

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