Welsh Farm Disease Restrictions Eased

UK - Restrictions on the movement of animals in Wales and Scotland imposed after the latest foot-and-mouth outbreak in Surrey have been eased.
calendar icon 14 September 2007
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A 10km control zone has been set up around the site

Farmers in England are hoping for a similar easing of the movement ban outside the current restricted zones.

A UK-wide movement ban was put in place when cattle on land in Egham were found to be infected on Wednesday.

Tests showed the outbreak involved the same strain of the disease that infected herds last month.

The administrations in Wales and Scotland have lifted the movement restrictions to allow farmers to take livestock direct to slaughter.

Animals can still not be traded or moved for any other reason.

The Welsh Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones said the decision was a "proportionate" response.

Farmers say the lifting of the total ban will ease the backlog of animals already sold and will particularly help pig farmers who supply animals under long-term contracts.

Source: BBCnews
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