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Farms restock after foot-and-mouth

9 July 2001
Oversight delays foot-and-mouth news

By FWi staff

AN oversight has delayed the publication of information which would save rare-breed pigs from being culled under rules to prevent foot-and-mouth.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said guidelines to secure cull exemptions were published on its website on Monday (July 9).

But by noon the same day no information had appeared on the site.

A DEFRA spokeswoman admitted the department was at fault for the delay and said the information would be published by the end of the day.

A DEFRA statement said the guidance was being issued in response to concerns that rare breeds must be preserved for future generations.

Owners of pigs, llamas and alpacas must submit applications for cull exemptions as soon as possible after being told the animals will be culled.

The move to protect rare-breed pigs and lamas follows similar action taken to help rare breeds of sheep and goats on farms near foot-and-mouth outbreaks.

Animal Health Minister Elliot Morley said: In devising these arrangements we have made sure that we do not jeopardise our efforts to control the disease.

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Farms restock after foot-and-mouth

14 June 2001
Farms restock after foot-and-mouth

By Johann Tasker

LIVESTOCK producers in south-east England have become the first farmers to re-stock their farms in the wake of the foot-and-mouth epidemic.

Details are scant, but an unspecified number of farmers in Essex started restocking on Thursday (14 June), FARMERS WEEKLY can reveal.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed that restocking is taking place, but refused further requests for information.

Regional veterinary manager Peter Thomas said “sentinel” animals on farms would be monitored for foot-and-mouth before full restocking is allowed.

The sentinel animals will be inspected over the coming weeks to see whether they develop the disease. The livestock will then be blood-tested.

If the animals are given the all-clear, foot-and-mouth restrictions on the holding will be lifted and the farmer will be free to re-stock the farm fully.

Mr Thomas said: “Some people have decided not to restock, but I dont know whether that will be permanent.”

Essex is where foot-and-mouth was first uncovered in February at Cheale Meats abattoir, near Brentwood. The county has had 11 cases of the disease.

Although the last case in Essex was confirmed on 12 April, foot-and-mouth continues to ravage northern and south-west England.

The Army was recalled on Wednesday (13 June) to cope with the cull of 10,000 animals after a number of cases emerged near Tiverton, Devon.

Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pledged that no resource would be spared fighting foot-and-mouth.

Successful eradication of foot-and-mouth depended on farmers co-operation and “applying sufficient resources proportionate to the scale of the disease”.

The number of cases stood at 1741 on Thursday (14 June), according to official statistics. Some 3,342,000 animals have been identified for slaughter.

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