I think I know what the Govt's problem is with
As part of its 'war on terrorism' the Govt has decided
to take on the threat posed to the nation by the
Taleram, a fearsome herbivorous group living mainly in
the north and west of the country, and wreaking havoc
on the mountain pastures which it consumes at an
The Taleram, along with the lawless fugitive Orama baa
Louder, are also thought to be responsible for the
deliberate spread of a strange disease which makes
ordinary sane people turn into politicians.
Secret camps are known to exist in the hills where
young tups are trained to sneak down into the valleys
disguised as border collies and deliver 'scrapie
bombs' to pubs and restaurants in the form of
But help may be at hand. Another terror group, the
Moojahidin, which was previously blamed for the
scourge, has agreed to do a deal with the Govt.
In return for amnesty, the Moojahidin will track down
and hand over Baa Louder and the Taleram leaders to
A spokesperson for the newly convened Department for
the Eradication of Sheep and Prevention of Terrorism
(DESPOT) said today: 'This is a golden opportunity to
rid the civilised world of an appalling menace. From
now on anyone wearing a woolly sweater will be shot on
(Sorry....I'm just having a nervous breakdown.)
I read the following in the Agricultual Law Quarterly from solicitors
Burges Salmon re vaccination.
The Netherlands, France, Belguim, Germany have eradication schemes planned
or in progress which rely on gene deleted marker vaccines.... The Dutch
scheme has 17,000 IBR (infectious bovine rhinotracheitis) free herds out of
a total of 57,000. Their stated objective was to free the entire Dutch
cattle herd of IBR and to obtain recognition for this within the EU when
they would seek to ban imports from countries with a lower health status.
Their scheme relied heavily on the use of a live marker vaccine.
Unfortunately, one batch was contaminated with BVD type 2 (bovine viral
diarrhoea) virus, a much more virulent strain than that present in the UK,
which infected 12 herds and killed 400 cattle - 11 herds were slaughtered
out, a total of 1400 cattle. As a result the industry lost confidence in
the vaccine and in the control programme and the scheme ground to a halt.
Comment: sorry, I'm speechless!
On another issue have you heard the comments by Ben Gill about killing pets
if rabies is found? Saw the story in Smartgroup.com fmd chat room.
Best wishes, Didi
Richard responds to our report (pardon) on flatulence yesterday:
I would have thought that DEFRA officials were so tight-arsed that they were
physically incapable of flatulence.
from Alan & Rosie