Foot and Mouth concern from Thame Sheep Fair

Taking Stock have just been talking to a beef and sheep farmer based in Milton Keynes (wishing to remain nameless) who has concerns following yesterday’s Thame Sheep Fair, which saw some 21,000 head of sheep forward for sale.

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She tells me F&M gossip was flying round during the day, but confirmations didn’t come through till late last night.

Speaking to Taking Stock, Simon Draper chief auctioneer at Thame and Bicester, said there were still some 3000 sheep on site when restrictions came in to force and these were being checked by vets this morning before being allowed to move.

With Blakesly Show scheduled today, of which her family were due to take a team of commercial and pedigree show cattle to, phone calls were being made last night to inform people, but her concern is that not enough information is out there for farmers.

“We’re right in the middle of weaning lambs at the moment and with sheep on a couple of holdings our concern is whether we can move sheep or not, although the restrictions will come as a huge blow to many in the industry, animal welfare has to come first.”

With Blakesly Show scheduled today, phone calls were being made last night to inform people. “Many exhibitors didn’t have a clue what was going on, it’s vital everyone knows what’s going on.”