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March 2005
PRESS RELEASE ~ ASSOCIATED SWILL USERS

The Associated Swill Users (ASU) is making the following information available to the press and the ASU raises various questions.

In November 2004 Mr Ben Bradshaw M.P. confirmed, in answer to written question No 197638 from Mrs Angela Browning M.P., that sheep at Prestwick Hall Farm, Ponteland became infected with FMD probably between the 2nd and the 14th of February 2001.

The pigs at Burnside Farm, Heddon on the Wall, were slaughtered for FMD on February 25th 2001.

The ASU has been advised that sheep from Ponteland were brought to Burnside Farm on January 24 2001 for the purpose of disposal.

State Veterinary Officer Leonard Mansley MRCVS made a written witness statement that “unbroken ovine vertebrae” were present in the pig pens at Burnside Farm at the time that FMD was discovered.

Question.

Did this witness statement go to the Anderson Lessons Learned Inquiry?

The stock from Burnside Farm was taken to the neighbouring Heddon View Farm for combined burning following the slaughter for FMD. A witness has recently stated that four sheep, less tongues and ears, were added to the fire at Heddon View Farm by MAFF officials. These sheep did not come from Heddon View Farm.

Question.

Where did these sheep come from?

Question.

Were these sheep tested for FMD?

Mr James Dring MRCVS made a witness statement confirming that he had the opportunity on two occasions, at Pirbright Laboratory in Surrey, to see and handle live animals with FMD.

Question.

Did this witness statement go to the Anderson Lessons Learned Inquiry?

Question.

Were healthy animals deliberately infected with FMD?

Question.

How many other vets handled such animals?

Question.

What happened to the animals after the training sessions?

Question.

Do these training sessions still continue at the Pirbright Laboratory?

For further information please contact -:

Lynda Davies (ASU National co-ordinator) Tel 01617960087

Robert Persey (ASU Press Officer) Tel 01404841202