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Bluetongue Import Controls Cannot Be Trusted
NFU Scotland has reiterated its call that no animals should be imported from bluetongue infected areas following the announcement by Defra that a second case of imported disease has been identified in a week. Earlier this week, the Union made a plea for the industry to adhere to a voluntary ban, however it is now calling on the government to step in and officially ban these movements.
On Friday Defra announced that 20 cattle near Worcester had tested positive for bluetongue after being imported from a bluetongue hot spot in the Netherlands. This follows a similar case in Middlesbrough a week ago where an animal was found to have bluetongue having originated in a bluetongue infected area in Germany……………