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Entries that include the 2nd wave of FMD outbreaks in 2007


Dec 11 2007 ~ "I looked up some of the paperwork that I received in the past few months...."

December 10/11 2007 ~ "The plan draws on lessons learned from disease outbreaks earlier this year .."

December 10/11 2007 ~"It may be of interest that an area in Normandy Surrey near Pirbright has been taped off."

December 10 2007 ~"Industry experts are said to believe that the public has become immune to food scare stories"

December 8 2007 ~ "....confusing results and statements by the Commission as to whether there was or was not an epidemic of FMD in Cyprus."

December 8 2007 ~ "epidemiological data from 2007 did not detect infection in local wild birds before infection in domestic flocks..."

December 8 2007 ~ £270m dairy price-fixing scandal. Supermarkets accused of “corporate greed”.

December 7 2007 ~ "If all the UK farms that were slaughtered out in 2001 had been tested in a pooled sample from 10 animals it would have been £100,000 for test kits at most..."

December 7 2007 ~ Dairy-bred bull calves born on Waitrose milk suppliers’ farms are to be finished for beef and veal in the UK

December 7 2007 ~ Compassion in World Farming wins Derek Cooper special award 2007

December 6 2007 ~ Mass produced "free-range" poultry for Christmas

December 6 2007 ~ "government departments too often cut long-term research investment"

December 5/6 2007 ~ " the time has come for the culling to begin nearer home. At least it would save us £300 million."

December 5 2007 ~ "at some point over the next two weeks the UK will be able to rejoin the international market, including live exports"

December 5 2007 ~ Lack of information about FMD vaccines - in the US

December 5 2007 ~ US farmers have until December 14 voluntarily to register for NAIS

December 4 2007 ~ " I am astounded and baffled as to why the government is allowed to continue to practise obsolete veterinary medicine that is clearly contrary to the welfare of animals"

December 4 2007 ~ " The new Rapid Test evaluated in this study achieves relatively high diagnostic sensitivity and provides results within about 30 minutes.."

December 4 2007 ~ EU lifts foot-and-mouth disease restrictions on Cyprus pork - leaving questions about the Cyprus "outbreak" unanswered

December 4 2007 ~ Marks and Spencers wins 'Compassionate Supermarket 2007' award

December 3 2007 ~ The energy of children at play provides the community's water pump

December 3 2007 ~ Funding for Biotech research amounts to around £50 million per year; Support for organic farming: £1.6 million last year.

December 3 2007 ~"Currently available (GMO's) mostly contribute negatively to poverty alleviation and food security and positively to the stock market."

December 3 2007 ~ "When you industrialize food and farming too much, there will be outbreaks of disease. People will want local, organic food as a secure supply."

December 3 2007 ~ "a genetic problem from a narrowed base, husbandry systems and susceptibility related to more intensive farming"

December 3 2007 ~ Deepening concern about water shortages is reaching the world's press.

December 3 2007 ~ Peak Oil is now talked about everywhere - but a lack of water is of even greater significance

December 1 2007 ~ "In hyper-'efficient' Britain, policy makers continue to urge that we should abandon farming altogether.."

November 30 2007 ~ Huge take-up for "early severance" from DEFRA

November 30 2007 ~ "H5N1 infection has not been detected in wild birds nor have any incidents of high mortality been observed in the area"

November 29 2007 ~ DEFRA staff are being balloted on possible strike action

November 29 2007 ~"The root of DEFRA's problems"

November 29 2007 ~ "overly complex, highly fragmented and confusing for participants. ..."

November 29th 2007 ~ " I try to sell everything locally thus obviating the need for traceability"

November 28 2007 ~ "The making of Sir David was his handling of the foot-and-mouth crisis in 2001"

November 28 2007 ~ First, the FMD crisis was not "spiralling out of control" on March 29 2001

November 28 2007 ~ vets and scientists who understood all too well what a tragic mistake was being made were ignored, as was Pirbright itself whose FMD experts were not even consulted

November 28 2007 ~Exit King, enter Beddington

November 27 2007 ~ "Gordon Brown likes to cite his handling of the bluetongue and foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks as evidence of his competence."

26 Nov 2007 ~ "This strange event has been characterised by EU-dictated cullings and other control measures; convincing evidence for a circulating virus is still lacking."

25 Nov 2007 ~ Staff offered £40,000-a-year for life 'bribes' to quit shamed ministry Defra

25 Nov 2007 ~"the terminal decline of the UK farming industry through the pursuit of cheap food..."

24 Nov 2007 ~ The NFU’s Why Beef and Sheep Farming Matters campaign

23 Nov 2007 ~ Such a virus escape, although bizarre, was not dangerous to the outlying countryside

22 Nov 2007 ~ On non-Redgrave farms the pre-emptive culls returned negative results. When can we vaccinate?

22 Nov 2007 ~ Jamie Oliver wants viewers to face the realities of industrial chicken production

22 Nov 2007 ~ FMD virus escape? SAPO Licence suspended yet again

20 Nov ~ Latest Export and Movement Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) Regulations 2007

November 19 2007 ~2nd H5N1 outbreak. No vaccination policy in place to prevent possible disaster

November 19 2007 ~ "January is far too late"

November 18 2007 ~ DEFRA faces making £300m in emergency cuts

November 18 2007 ~ Doubts deepen as to the existence of active FMD in Cyprus

November 18 2007 ~ ".. How can you kill 2000 animals for one case of FMD?"

November 16 2007 ~ Worries that the intensive poultry industry wants to force regulation on free range and organic bird keepers

November 16 ~ What tends to be forgotten by consumers who would really rather not know where their cheap meat comes from are facts such as these

16 November 2007 ~ "Brussels made it crystal clear that there was no choice than to proceed with the immediate culling of livestock or risk serious consequences..."

16 November 2007 ~ " What foot and mouth zones really mean?"

13 November 2007 ~ "Euro Coop supports vaccination as an alternative to mass slaughtering on prevention grounds of healthy livestock, which is intolerable..

13 November 2007 ~ "We are determined to throw the kitchen sink at this to ensure that farmers are properly compensated."

13 November 2007 ~ Bird Flu in Norfolk. More slaughter

Monday 12 November 2007 ~ Anderson FMD Review: 2007

Sunday 11 November 2007 ~ "The worldwide rise in food prices is, in part, the result of using maize for fuel rather than for food."

Sunday 11 November 2007 ~ "encourage the writing of clear and reader-friendly English."

Saturday 10 November 2007 ~ The 150 km "high risk" area demonstrates "regionalisation"

Friday November 9 2007 ~ Latest FMD report - and farewell to D. Reynolds

Friday November 9 2007 ~ The 1968 Northumberland Report advised vaccination and testing to check for disease before slaughter

Friday November 9 2007 ~The Zones explained

Friday November 9 2007 ~ "I tried to respond to your blog but I fell foul of the Google log in..."

Friday November 9 2007 ~ "The focus of our inquiry was to find a better way of handling this dreadful disease in future, in the firm belief that what happened in 2001 was unacceptable..."

November 9th ~ At least in 2001 no one pretended that the panicky mass cull was allowed by law.

November 9th ~ Funding to provide for a diagnostic on-farm test, recommended by the Royal Society, was not forthcoming.

Thursday November 8 2007 ~"If the veterinary service does not show me in writing whose animals actually have this disease, no one will enter my farm to kill my animals,”

Thursday November 8 2007 ~ "Even farmers who have no export trade now find themselves hampered by restrictions on their domestic activities; and all to pacify the rest of the EU."

Thursday November 8 2007 ~ Report FMD SCOFCAH

Wednesday November 7 2007 ~“I told them to wait for the final results. Then they started making me offers...”

Wednesday November 7 2007 ~" the EU appears to be extending the agony for hundreds of farmers for no worthwhile benefit in terms of controlling the disease."

Wednesday November 7 2007 ~ Superbug ESBL E. coli has been found on 32 UK farms since 2004

Tuesday November 6 2007 ~SCoFCAH decision

Tuesday November 6 2007 ~ New publication might speed up validation of individual-based NSP tests?

Tuesday November 6 2007 ~ FMD restricted zone still in place over Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex.

Tuesday November 6 2007 ~ "I’m responsible for saying that it’s their responsibility"

Monday November 5 2007 ~ The Emerson's continuing sense of bereavement

Monday November 5 2007 ~ Killing without first testing to check for infection. We actually had killing taking place on a minimum of 33 holdings.

Monday November 5 2007 ~For those who are going to write to Iain Anderson's Review

November 4 2007 ~ "angry farmers blocked the entrance to the two farms"

November 4 2007 ~ Cyprus on FMD high alert again.

November 2 2007 ~ Surveillance Zone to go at last

November 2 2007 ~ a moral and financial responsibility to compensate

November 1 2007 ~ "we should use the word killing" not the euphemism. "culling" is far too soft a word to describe what goes on, says local vet.

Wednesday October 31 2007 ~ Test results for quarantined sheep in Cyprus expected this afternoon

Wednesday October 31 2007 ~ "the real winners from the subsidy culture are the already-rich landowners and agri-businesses, not the small family farmers..."

Tuesday October 30 2007 ~ Comments about the outbreak and its handling are invited by 16 November 2007

Monday October 29 2007 ~ A farmer's story: 'It's all about control of food production'

Monday October 29 2007 ~ The escape of virus results in at least half a million wasted, incinerated sheep ... and "it will not just be the sheep that disappear"...

Sunday October 28 ~ DEFRA spent £1 billion on management consultants - while the Pirbright site repairs were urgently needed and flood defences were cut

Friday Oct 26 2007 ~ More clarity on the 'tainted lamb' issue

Thursday Oct 25 2007 ~ Comment from Cumbria

Thursday Oct 25 2007 ~"we will do everything in our power to help them" Gordon Brown yesterday

Thursday Oct 25 2007 ~ the vet, the 'sheep dip' and DEFRA's insistence on insecticide

Thursday Oct 25 2007 ~ "there are plenty of lambs available for meat without moving into the breeding stock.."

Thursday Oct 25 2007 ~ "I too would find it completely outrageous if sheep treated with a dangerous chemical had been sent for slaughter within the minimum withdrawal period."

Wednesday Oct 24 2007 ~ "I am keen to make progress on savings in animal health..."

Wednesday Oct 24 2007 ~And now for another FSA food scare: " the meat might contain traces of drugs"

Wednesday Oct 24 2007 ~ " The UK parties are upset because Alex Salmond and the SNP are standing up for Scottish interests"

Wednesday Oct 24 2007 ~ An apology? Hardly

Wednesday Oct 24 2007 ~ "they estimated the cost of the outbreak to the UK over the autumn was £520m, and up to £150m for the sheep industry in Wales alone..."

Tuesday Oct 23 2007 ~ "we want to show support for her in her fight to get compensation for us"

Tuesday Oct 23 2007 ~ "feeling beings with physical, psychological and emotional needs.”

Monday Oct 22 2007 ~ Is farming being left to die because DEFRA and its masters thinks all the meat needed to feed the UK can be imported?

Monday Oct 22 2007 ~ The various zones - DEFRA's map

Monday Oct 22 2007 ~ Marks & Spencers' Lamb Pledge

Monday Oct 22 2007 ~ Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Leicestershire and all areas of Great Britain to the north and west will be able to export meat and livestock again.

Oct 21 2007 ~ "why should those who are wholly unconnected with farming care about its future?"

Oct 20 2007 ~ multiple pick-ups will be allowed and the pre-slaughter residency is reduced from 30 days to 21 days

Oct 20 2007 ~ "It seems odd that, despite the drains having been repaired, the licence is now suspended."

Oct 20 2007 ~ James Paice asks, "What farmers need to know is, who is going to pay the price?"

Oct 20 ~ "Source of infection * Unknown or inconclusive"

Oct 20 ~ Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? accounting and accountability - do they still count?

Oct 20 ~ "DEFRA not only inspected safety arrangements but approved spending at the plant. There could not be a more clear conflict of interest."

Oct 20 ~ "A total of 2,160 animals have been compulsorily culled as a result of the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease"

Oct 20 ~ "A new comprehensive system for searching for information on WTO member governments' sanitary and phytosanitary measures"

Oct 20 ~ "Acceptable risk" says official FMD Expert Group

Oct 16 ~ ".. there are very good scientific and economic reasons why we do not vaccinate routinely. The most pertinent of these is 'which strain of FMD should we vaccinate against'?”

Oct 15 2007 ~ The East Sussex case may be Bluetongue

Oct 15 2007 ~Another FMD case or another false alarm?

Oct 15 2007 ~ Many farmers .. now convinced there is “a hidden agenda” inside the Government

Oct 14 2007 ~ It is only the financial interest of a small number of livestock farmers - who would, for a time, be prevented from exporting their animals - that prevents vaccines from being used.

Oct 13 2007 ~"I have no knowledge of your allegations, nor does my office, and I do not accept them." Peter Hain

Oct 13 2007 ~ "Mr Benn was generous with platitudes..."

Oct 13 2007 ~ IAH's "rapid diagnosis and detective work" still fails to find active pre-clinical virus quickly enough

Oct 12 2007 ~ We can only hope that there will be no more cases discovered.

Oct 12 2007 ~ it has been a costly and bloody gamble not to vaccinate - and madness not to use state-of -the -art diagnosis

Oct 11 2007 ~ "The land is suffering"

Oct 11 2007 ~ Rules bending with the wind

Oct 11 2007 ~ Dispatches from the front line

Oct 10 ~ " ...vaccination was rejected then, and it appears that vaccination has been rejected once more. Will the Secretary of State tell me why it has been rejected and under what circumstances we will use vaccine in the future?"

Oct 9 ~ "We have absolutely no faith in Defra.."

Oct 9 ~ "We've got the export market back but the lambs are now inedible.."

Oct 9 ~ DEFRA's "professionalism, dedication and commitment" is praised by the Minister

Oct 8 2007 ~ Hilary Benn today announced a package of support, worth £12.5 million, for farmers in England affected by the current movement restrictions

Oct 8 2007 ~ Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and West Sussex may be freed from the high risk zone

Oct 8 2007 ~Waitrose today announced that it is to increase the prices it pays its beef and lamb producers.

Oct 8 2007 ~ John Beddington and "the job from hell"

Oct 8 2007 ~ While Professor King may be an international expert in many, many things it is a tragedy for the UK that he has been directing policy on Foot and Mouth

Monday Oct 8 2007 ~"...powerless to stop it, while pointlessly disrupting the habits and interests of livestock owners by bringing commercial transactions to a standstill"

Oct 7 2007 ~" this contempt for agriculture will produce a crisis beside which everything seen so far will pale into insignificance"

Oct 7 2007 ~ Migration - or at least refurbishment

Oct 7 2007 ~ Counting the cost

Oct 7 2007 ~ "information on the DEFRA web site is no good to those of us farming within the control zones"

Oct 6 2007 ~ "When epidemiologists are wheeled out of IAH and refuse to acknowledge the usefulness of vaccination against FMD I am still surprised, though I should not be.."

Oct 6 2007 ~" the option remains for imports from Latin-America to offset declines in local production"

Oct 5 2007 ~DEFRA " is acting against the interests of the British people"

Oct 5 2007 ~ NFU's vaccination Q and A still quoting David King..

October 5th ~ Sauce for both goose and gander

Oct 5 2007 ~ Two long months ago Chris Huhne MP said:

Oct 5 2007 ~ "Gordon Brown is anxious that the electorate should think that FMD is an issue approaching history."

Oct 5 2007 ~ "Dr Iain Anderson has been asked by the Government to chair a review of the Government's reaction to the 2007 Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak" DEFRA

Oct 5 2007 ~ "Relatively small special-interest groups (parts of the meat-producing farming sector and the food trade) seem to have had an undue influence over decisions"

Oct 4 2007 ~ The need for an independent Expert Group

Oct 4 2007 ~ IP8 - 95 cattle, 16 sheep and 1 goat - and four more herds killed too

Oct 4 2007 ~ "the chief vet believes it to be the case and he has a responsibility to report her views"

Oct 3 2007 ~ "The decision would be adopted formally from October 12 but would enter into force only if there were no more outbreaks outside the affected area, the Commission said..." (Reuters)

Oct 3 2007 ~ "No, we can do better than that"

Oct 3 2007 ~ Changes to meat and meat products export rules have been agreed in Brussels today

Oct 3 2007 ~ Haywards Heath negative

Oct 3 2007 ~ A case of Chinese Whispers?

October 3 2007 ~ One of the most monstrous pieces of misinformation about vaccination

Oct 3 2007 ~ "best to wait and see"? No. It is not - but compliant interviewer allows this to pass unchallenged

Oct 3 2007 ~ "At last, the UK government has woken up to the haulage problems we've been facing."

Oct 2 2007 ~ Jamie Oliver has called on shoppers to buy British lamb

Oct 2 2007 ~ Suspected case outside the "Protection Zone"

Oct 2 2007 ~ Dr Sutmoller puts right some misconceptions

October 2 2007 ~ ProMed "...One wonders whether standing down the vaccination teams might be a bit premature.."

October 2 2007 ~ What the public is not being told

October 2 2007 ~ " it's no use having clever biosecurity precautions, if desperate folks facing ruin are going to break the rules"

October 1 2007 ~ Relaxation of restrictions for some - and vaccination teams stood down yet again

Oct 1 2007 ~ Refreshing to hear Anthony Gibson - remembered as one of the only honest voices to be heard from the NFU in 2001 - explain to Mark Holdstock..

Oct 1 2007 ~ A loud and shameful Silence

Monday 1st October ~ As UK farmers face ruin, the Palace requests no special treatment

Monday 1st October ~ It was wrong to say no lessons were learned: two lessons were indeed learned by DEFRA since the last carnage.

Sunday September 30 2007 ~ NINE contiguous farms culled - an unholy, miserable, and unnecessary mess

Sunday September 30 2007 ~ FMD confirmed at slaughter on suspicion site

Sunday September 30 2007 ~ Merial facilities were "state of the art" and Spratt did not blame Merial

Sunday 30 September 2007~ Killing Trade

29 September ~ Yet more slaughter of cattle "on suspicion"

29 September ~ a 24-hour telephone service to be set up to keep farmers informed about both diseases.

29 September ~ "a scientifically unsound policy" and "the alienation of the industry as a whole"

September 29 ~ Reality of living in the "risk zone"

September 29 ~ The nightmare sight of pyres of wasted light lambs from the hills of Britain is also looking more and more likely.

29 September ~ Still in circulation - the idea that FMD vaccine "masks carriers of the disease"

Friday 28 September ~ The reappearance of FMD with the reimposition of the nationwide ban on animal movements has been an unmitigated disaster for the livestock industry, costing farmers an estimated £10m a day.

Friday 28 September ~"no timeline on the resumption of exports"

Friday 28 September ~ Fifty nine days later

September 27 2007 ~ DEFRA is to have a new Chief Scientific Advisor

September 27 2007 ~ It seems that livestock markets will be allowed from next Thursday

September 27 ~ Blood tests from all 20 of the lambs with lesions have been taken. DEFRA had said results would be back late yesterday, however they are now expected this morning.

September 27 ~ Vaccination production at a standstill

September 26 ~ "Redundancies at the Wildlife Administration Unit were "crazy" when the department was struggling to contain foot-and-mouth and bluetongue disease".

September 26 2007 ~ How can we help our farmers? asked Alan Titchmarsh

September 26 2007 ~ Yet another case? Foot and Mouth Disease: temporary control zone established in the Surveillance Zone near Maidenhead

September 26 2007 ~ "The penny is slowly beginning to drop that if the British public want home grown food, produced to a high standard of animal welfare and health, it will be expensive...

September 26 2007 ~ Confusion still reigns about the number of animals killed by the non-vaccination policy

September 26 2007 ~ "Since Friday, 2 additional IP's have been officially added, bringing the official current total to 7 IP's while -- according to the map -- their number is 10."

September 26 2007 ~ "It is time for a serious conversation with UK farmers and the public about the realities of infectious diseases in today's world of rapid global travel and trade "

September 26 2007 ~ Bluetongue latest

September 25 2007 ~ DEFRA lifts the temporary zones in Hampshire and West Sussex


September 25 2007 ~ "The Government must listen to the specialists"

September 25 ~ Farmers face fines for 'missing' foot and mouth

September 25 ~ "The real disaster is that, six years after the 2001 epidemic, a needless rule is still in place"

September 24 ~ New Outbreak. Yet another FMD outbreak within the Protection Zone - IP7

September 24 ~ " During the outbreak this summer our vets, scientists and public officials in DEFRA cancelled their holidays..."

September 24 ~ "Britain's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs did not immediately confirm the result of tests at the farm near Petersfield, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) southwest of London."

September 24 ~ Another Temporary Zone

September 24 ~ German National Farmers Union demand ring vaccination instead of culling and calls on Brussels for clarity

September 24 ~ "The warm glow of competence has gone..."

September 24 2007 ~ Deer do not recognise closure of footpaths

September 23 2007 ~ Another outbreak? 48 miles away from Egham?

September 23 2007 ~ "I believe that the Germans are proposing a permanent lock-up of birds"

September 23 2007 ~ "of course our approach towards vaccination has to be reviewed, particularly in the light of new and more effective vaccines" (J.Scudamore in 2002) "Of course.." yet more pyres are now envisaged

September 23 2007 ~ The first ever case of Bluetongue disease in Britain in one cow near Ipswich, Suffolk. It has been culled and restrictions put in place on the infected premises.

September 22 2007 ~ 11 Surrey farms had their animals killed last week?

September 22 2007 ~ Royal animals now in imminent danger

September 22 2007 ~ Misery escalating

September 22 2007 ~ the underlying cause of the UK's reluctance to vaccinate

September 22 2007 ~ Devastating comment from ProMed about potential spread "for weeks"

September 22 2007 ~ Will Hilary Benn be up to speed on this? Will he have the understanding to call urgently for the FMD rules to be changed?

September 22 2007 ~They should create quite a large vaccination zone, perhaps larger than Surrey depending on natural boundaries especially to deer.

September 22 2007 ~ Doubts about the Pirbright drain theory voiced in Farmers Weekly

September 22 2007 ~ No one knows where the animals moved from Surrey ended up...

September 22 2007 ~ DEFRA confirmed a sixth outbreak last night - still in the Protection Zone.

September 22 2007 ~ The farm where the cows were culled on suspicion has tested positive for FMD - the 6th case.

September 21 ~ Yet more animals to be slaughtered on suspicion

September 21 ~ " Defra are investigating two Bluetongue Virus reports"

September 21 ~ Getting information out of a stone

September 21 2007 ~ "We do not have a lot of animals. We have pigs, sheep and cattle. A lot of them were pets. Two of the lambs used to sleep in the kitchen."

September 21 2007 ~ "We can now add DEFRA to the list of those who never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity"

September 21 2007 ~ "a lateral flow device - similar to that of a home pregnancy test"

September 21 2007 ~ European Commission inspectors in London and Surrey

September 21 2007 ~ "Details of contractors routes are being scrutinised by Defra"

September 20 2007 ~ Solihull "Initial indications suggest that preliminary tests have ruled out foot and mouth"

September 20 ~ General licences are now available for limited movements outside of the Surveillance Zone

September 20 2007 ~ Foot and mouth could linger through autumn, scientist warns

September 20 2007 ~ No word yet on Solihull

September 20 2007 ~ "we have a major problem because without the sunshine to destroy the virus in the field we're going to have virus around for a long time .."

September 20 2007 ~ "We're working together with the industry right across Scotland, England and Wales to develop an approach based on areas..

September 20 2007 ~ Supermarkets colluded to raise milk prices

September 20 2007 ~The government's report on "how the disease spread" will be published on Friday.

September 20 2007 ~ The Common Agricultural Policy falls outside the control of the British Government, let alone British farmers.

September 19 ~ Many Happy Returns to the Countess of Mar

September 19 2007 ~ "we just don't know when the sheep may have become infected - if they have ..."

September 19 ~ UK Contingency Plan to blame

September 19 2007 ~ "Most non farmers I speak to are astonished to hear that FMD is not fatal to animals and not dangerous to humans"

September 19 2007 ~ "an outrageous piece of carelessness and misinformation."

September 19 2007 ~ "This afternoon a Temporary Control Zone has been put around one premises in Solihull.

September 19 2007 ~ What meat and milk treatments are required for exported products after vaccination?

September 19 2007 ~"The outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in Great Britain has once again made it clear that the current EU policy is wrong"

September 19 2007 ~ For the hill farmers it could be the end

September 19 2007 ~ the 5th Infected Premises since 3 Aug 2007 changes the P and S zones map again

September 19 ~ the importance of spending money on proper and adequate surveillance cannot be underestimated as we contemplate the unanswered questions about the spread of FMD to Egham

September 18 2007 ~ Kow-towing to out of date regulations is no way to get them changed.

September 18 2007 ~ More misinformation on Radio 4

September 18 2007 ~ "plans in place to introduce a vaccination programme should there be one more case of FMD"

September 18 ~ what is undeniable under the present arcane rules does not justify a brutal out-of-date policy

September 18 2007 ~ Peter Ainsworth asked DEFRA which recommendations of the Spratt Review into the outbreak of foot and mouth disease the Government do not intend to take forward in full. Hansard

September 17 ~ At eight o'clock tonight the BBC reported more infected sheep

September 17 ~ German vets want Britain to vaccinate

September 17 ~ Pigs culled were negative

September 17 ~ Questions the farmers want answered

September 17 ~ That there are no lines of communication between the private sector and the public sector is costing the country dear.

September 17 ~ The reluctance to vaccinate may be being based on the expensive Risk Solutions CBA

September 17 ~ Is the public aware that it is illegal to take any of the following food and drink abroad?

September 17 ~ The Scottish Government launches an FMD text alert service

September 17 ~ "How much money has to be wasted and how many lives ruined ....?"

September 17 ~ Third Infected Premises* No vaccination

September 17 ~ Vaccinated animals can be moved within national borders

September 17 ~ Although the paragraphs on meat from the vaccination zone make one's head spin, they are not quite as complicated as they seem.

September 17 ~ Misinformation about vaccinates

September 17 ~ Testing sheep ".. virus would be detectable by RT PCR for at least 4 - 6 days and possibly longer"

September 16 ~ "..Diagnostic techniques which Micropathology used 12 years ago have only just been adopted at Pirbright."

16th September ~ AT LAST. Foot and mouth: vets on standby to vaccinate

16 September ~ EU anger at Pirbright is misplaced

15 September, 2007~ Police presence and what the public do not see: confusion, terror and blood

September 15 ~ a "five day delay after a decision is taken to vaccinate because the "vaccinators" have to be away from susceptible livestock for five days before they can handle animals to be vaccinated" -utter confusion reigns

September 15 ~ Another scapegoat?

September 15 ~BBC News 24 has announced more culling of pigs

September 15 ~Movement to slaughter allowed from midnight

September 15 ~ 1967 strain - characteristics

September 15 2007 ~ "Looking at the "new map" published by DEFRA, the protection zone (blue edged) appears to comprise 8 or 9 circles - one wonders if we are being told the full story by DEFRA"

September 15 ~ "Surely it is not beyond the wit of man and woman to create a vaccination zone in the South of England and try and return farming to near normality in the rest of Britain?"

September 14/15 ~ If ever there was a moment to turn a challenge into an opportunity, surely this is it.

September 14/15 ~ New map -

September 14/15 ~"It is a very grim outlook and especially for these welfare-friendly outdoor herds where they have higher costs...."

September 14/15 ~ " the unions are urging the EU Commission and the respective Governments to support the development of a safe, inactivated vaccine against BTV 8 as quickly as possible"

September 14/15 ~ "If a sufficiently large spot-check show that there are no longer any viruses present, there is sufficient reason to lift the restrictions on trade.."

September 14 ~ "DEFRA may soon be obliged to decide whether vaccination, probably around the disease foci, deserves consideration..." ProMed

September 14 ~ ".... the courage to stand up to the establishment and never stop explaining why they were wrong"

September 14 ~ The Blogosphere wants ring vaccination - and the truth

September 14 ~ News that the 2nd farm has tested positive. CVO says she is pleased the animals were killed before test results came through

September 14 ~"....lobby Brussels to change its ridiculous and protectionist rules.

September 14 ~ "...all too familiar stories of conflicting advice, bureaucratic buck-passing, ignorance of petty clipboard people, and of a disregard for the welfare of animals arising from either callousness or stupidity."

September 14 ~ Masking disease? What are FMD "carriers"?

September 14 ~ "Serotypes included in these vaccines are to customer request"

September 14 2007 ~ How many farmers and vets want vaccination now? How many in 2001 who were ignored?

September 14 ~ "the EU have also made provision for member states to apply for derogations which allow vaccinated meat, milk, and products destined for the home market to be treated no differently from non-vaccinated product, once testing has been completed".

September 14 ~ Vaccinated meat and milk contain no trace of "vaccine"

September 13 ~ The rules are absurd - It is this that the industry should be fighting.

September 13 ~ Norfolk is in the clear

September 13 ~ "It is just so miserable to watch the mess and the constant sins of omission. Where is the vaccine and a policy?"

September 13 2007 ~ "I believe they are also in the process of slaughtering at a neighbouring farm.."

September 13 2007 ~ immunisation of livestock "being considered"

September 13 2007 ~ "I would like to say one more thing- If infection via deer cannot be quickly ruled out we should vaccinate without further delay."

September 13 2007 ~ "What is the science behind choosing the perimeter of the protection zone and surveillance zone?"

September 13 2007 ~ It is the same strain

September 13 2007 ~ Is anyone still saying, "I think we would be in a much worse position if we had gone for a policy of ring vaccination"?

September 13 2007 ~ How can it possibly have happened?

September 13 2007 ~ The possibility of sabotage must still be kept in mind.

September 12 2007 ~ "The animals are being culled this afternoon"

September 12 2007 ~ " It is ghastly for the farmers. Sales were just about to get going."

September 12 2007 ~ Near Glasgow. A single sheep in the Lanark Agricultural Centre (or market) is being tested.

September 12 2007 ~ Weybridge and Addleston - the home of VLA - are now in the circle.

September 12 2007 ~ FMD confirmed at Egham and a movement ban is now in force throughout the country.

September 12 2007 ~ FMD suspicion in 4-5 cattle - but the whole herd to be killed before testing proves presence of disease