First cattle sold after outbreak

OXFORD - Farmers in Oxford have had the chance to deliver their livestock to supermarkets for the first time since the outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
calendar icon 24 August 2007
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A special permit was required to access the Thame Cattle Market

The Thame Cattle Market opened on Thursday to allow animals that had already been sold to be collected.

Tight bio-security at the site was monitored by a veterinarian who ensured everything was disinfected.

Sheep farmer, John Honor, said the price was "quite a bit lower" but it was something they just had to accept.

A special licence was required for the delivery or collection of animals.

Scores of sheep and cows were loaded onto lorries, headed ultimately for the supermarket shelves.

Farmer Brian Goodenough said a ban on the movement of all animals was the right thing do.

Source: BBCnews
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