Know How / Foot and mouth

Foot and mouth has not seen a major outbreak in the UK since 2001 when 6.5 million animals were slaughtered to control the disease. Read archive material from the 2001 outbreak and the 2007 when the virus escaped from the Pirbright laboratory.

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What foot and mouth zones really mean

Forget trying to keep track of DEFRA's chopping and changing disease restriction zones. Stephen Carr explains what they are really about. You may have found the latest DEFRA announcements concerning…

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Researchers inhibit foot-and-mouth virus in lab

A team of molecular biologists have successfully inhibited a vital protein in the foot-and-mouth (F&M) virus, cutting its production 10 fold. Two drugs had their effects on a protein (HSP90)…


Foot-and-mouth outbreak confirmed in Russia

There has been an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Russia, Defra has confirmed. The virus was first confirmed in Vladimir region, West Russia, earlier this month (16 October), with 90…


Cheaper foot-and-mouth test reduces small animal testing

A more cost-effective foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) diagnosis that works with less testing on small animals has been revealed by the Pirbright Institute. Still to be developed for industry use,…

Farmers back reintroduction of swill as pig feed, poll finds

More than three-quarters of voters in a Farmers Weekly poll backed the legalised use of heat-treated food waste as pig feed. Despite the result, AHDB and the National Pig Association (NPA)…

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Farmyard version of Christmas classic released to raise money fo...

A farmyard version of the song 12 days of Christmas has been recorded in order to raise money for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. Tribute band the Mangledwurzels has released…

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