Gloucestershire virus victim restocks
By FWi staff
A GLOUCESTERSHIRE farmer who lost 300 sheep and eight cattle in the foot-and-mouth cull has become one of the first in the county to start re-stocking.
Graham Halling, 33, of Twyning, near Tewkesbury, has already bought 40 sheep and has ordered another 160 more.
Mr Halling has followed Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs advice and bought a small number initially to ensure they were not infected.
He is undecided whether to build up to the same levels before his animals were killed in April under the dangerous contact policy.
The animals came from an uninfected area at Broadway, Worcestershire and, after being left for 28 days on his land, have tested negative for the virus.
“Now I am actually able to restock properly and I just cant believe it,” said Mr Halling, who has run the family farm since his early 20s.
Gloucestershire had 76 confirmed cases of foot-and-mouth, making it the sixth most seriously affected county. The last case was confirmed on 17 April.
In June producers in south-east England became the first to restock in the wake of the foot-and-mouth epidemic.
Farmers in Essex, where the first case of foot-and-mouth was discovered in February, were allowed to bring in “sentinel” animals.
One new outbreak of the virus has been confirmed in Cumbria on Friday (3 August) taking the UK total to 1925.
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