20 November 2001
Disease controls eased at Skipton
By FWi staff
FOOT-AND-MOUTH infected area restrictions have been lifted at Skipton in North Yorkshire, releasing almost 3,000 farms from controls.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said that 2,931 farms will benefit from the move, giving them much greater flexibility to move stock.
Defra eased controls after extensive blood sampling of stock from the Settle/Malham and Ilkley/Addingham areas proved negative.
But around 300 premises in the Skipton area which were culled out as infected premises or dangerous contacts will remain under restrictions.
These controls will remain until they have completed secondary cleansing and disinfection and restocking procedures.
The only areas still under infected area controls are the Penrith restricted infected area and the Northern area partly surrounding it where blood testing is ongoing.
Nafees Meah, regional operation director at Defras Yorkshire disease control centre welcomed the easing of restrictions.
This is excellent news for North Yorkshire, and for the country as a whole, and it is an important step towards farming and tourism getting back to business as usual.
Defra warned that strict biosecurity remains essential if the disease is to be finally eradicated.