30 August 2001
Farmers warned over test refusals

By FWi staff

LIVESTOCK farmers who refuse to co-operate with foot-and-mouth tests have been accused of putting at risk Devons ambition of disease-free status.

The National Farmers Union and National Beef Association urged members in south-west England to co-operate after a request from government officials.

NFU spokesman Robert Deane said it was reasonable to give weather-dependent seasonal work initial priority over blood testing in the short-term.

But he urged co-operation with the procedure, pointing out that having negative results has some advantages when selling stock.

Mr Deane said farmers worried about officials carrying the virus should ask to be visited early in the day, and demand to inspect clothing and vehicles.

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