Short message tonight because of the A level results

Short message tonight because of the A level results.  Son Martin has duly
achieved the necessary grades and earned his place at university, so it was
a case of open the champagne and celebratory dinner this evening!

Straight on to the Monday rally in London - coaches are being organised from
various parts of the country, if you want details ring Farmers For Action on
01291 690224.  The contact for Devon is Maurice Vellacott, tel. 01598
740310, coach will leave from South Moulton cattle market, bookings must be
made by Saturday midday.

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This contribution comes from Val in Maine, USA, starting with a message she
received from a friend.  The reference to sludge is significant, this means
sewage sludge containing a host of pathogens, heavy metals and other

MPR had an interesting segment about sludge and hoof & mouth disease.
Evidently, Mark King are doing a research project at the Highmoor farm in Monmouth.  According to the report, Maine soil is too shallow and
would not be conducive to burying diseased cattle. They are burying dead
cattle in mounds of sludge, compost and regular soil and monitoring the
decay rates. The theory being...the intense heat of the sludge will
provide the best decay rate.  They want to be prepared in case a hoof & mouth
epidemic overtakes Maine.

Val's comment:

Of course we can do it bigger and better here...........


1. FMD ( antibodies, clinical symptoms, orf, foot rot, wooden tongue....any
or all of these/more will do )

2. sludge ( that means sludge/compost derived from sludge......both is
better )

3. government scientists ( you can start with some honest ones, but it won't
make any difference because the politicians will ignore them )

4. POLITICIANS ( fuelled by capitalists )

5. Media ( you can start with some honest reporters, but it probably won't
make any difference because the politicians will confound their efforts with
self serving rhetoric )

Combine all the ingredients in any order, in any amounts.  Maintain a
chaotic and distressing solution as long as possible.  Use whatever means
necessary to do same. Dismiss any protests from the citizens.  Deny any harm
is being done to them or the environment or the fabric of rural/agricultural
communities.  Sit tight in the cities or on remote country estates and
congratulate yourselves.  It will all be under control.........and
civilization will be on the home straight......... to.....................

self destruction.

You will have earned your just desserts.



From Jane Barribal (the letter is attached to this message):

 Thank you for the interest you have taken in in the past.
I have attached a letter to you from the Associates of Farmtalking.
I do hope, that after you've read it, I will be able to welcome you as a
'Farmtalking Friend!

Please copy the letter and hand it to your friends to inviting them to
a 'Friend' too!

Thank you so much for your time and support.
Kind regards and best wishes,

Jane Barribal -

From the Yorkshire Post:

 NFU president's attack on BBC over foot and mouth 'fanciful'

FARMERS leader Ben Gill, was described as "totally barking mad" in an
astonishing tirade yesterday after accusing the BBC of helping to spread the
foot-and-mouth virus.

In an outspoken interview Mr Gill, president of the National farmers Union,
claimed helicopters carrying camera crews over infection sites early in the
outbreak had helped blow the virus into neighbouring areas.

Mr Gill, who farms near Easingwold, North Yorkshire, said the foot-and-mouth
infection was far more easily spread than BSE, because the virus could "blow
out like a mushroom cloud" from sick animals.

He added: "Of course, that was one of the problems we had with our dear
friends from the BBC very early on, when they went up in helicopters over
infected farms, which was exactly the wrong thing to do because it was
spreading the virus."

But Richard North, an independent food adviser, of Wibsey, near Bradford,
who works for a political group in the European Parliament, described Mr
Gill as having gone "totally barking mad".

He said the idea that BBC helicopters could have spread the disease was
"fanciful to the extreme" and added: "The ability of a helicopter to spread
the disease would be beyond the realms of imagination."

Stepping into the argument, a spokeswoman at NFU headquarters in London
said: "Richard North has his own opinions, but what Mr Gill said was not
mad. The virus can be spread by the wind so clearly there is a logical basis
for his remarks that the disease could be spread by helicopters."

Prof Tony Hart from Liverpool University said: "There's no doubt that
alterations in airflow can alter the distances which viruses reach. Whether
a helicopter would do it I don't know. I can't say for certain that it
wouldn't do."

A spokesman for the BBC insisted that the corporation had followed all the
correct foot-and-mouth guidelines laid down since the last major outbreak of
foot-and-mouth disease in 1967.


From the Farmers Weekly website:

Meanwhile, graziers calling for the vaccination of sheep against
foot-and-mouth in the Brecon Beacons have had their hopes dashed.

At a meeting in Cardiff, representatives from the two Welsh farming unions
and Welsh Assembly officials rejected calls for vaccination to be

They agreed that the severely damaging impact on exports meant it was not an
option, even in irreplaceable hefted flocks.

Welsh Rural Affairs Minister Carwyn Jones said he was optimistic that
culling sheep to create a fire break had stopped the disease spreading.

Recent tests showed none of the sheep grazing four hefts had antibodies.

FUW president Bob Parry said: "He appeared quite confident that all the
blood tests now being carried out on 30,000 sheep will prove negative.

"Mr Jones also remained adamant that the introduction of vaccination would
delay exporting for a very long time indeed."

Mr Parry added: "When all the facts were spelled out nobody around the table
called for vaccination."

But John Pratt, spokesman for a farmers' group opposed to culling, said Mr
Jones had no idea of the views of ordinary farmers and had never spoken to

Mr Pratt claimed that Mr Jones had cancelled a meeting with his anti-culling
group when he learned that legal representatives would be present.

"This is the way this minister operates. He will never actually meet and
talk to people who disagree with his policies."

Much of the three hour-long meeting concentrated on marketing problems.

Delegates were told everything possible was being done to help farmers move
livestock, including the immediate lifting of Form D restrictions in north


From Alan & Rosie