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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……………
UK Sheep Breeding Stock Exports Resume
The first shipments of breeding ewes have already gone to the EU following the resumption of live exports.
Some 700 breeding ewes, mostly Mules from the North of England, were due to go to France and the Netherlands over the Christmas period.
These orders are a direct result from the presence of the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) at the SheepTec and SIA fairs earlier in the year (2007) supported by the hard work of the pedigree sheep breeders.
EBLEX Export Manager Jean-Pierre Garnier said: “We are pleased at the rapid re-start of our valuable export trade in breeding stock.
“We have an excellent reputation worldwide for the quality of our breeding stock and we would anticipate our sheep genetics exports to start to accelerate in January, despite the obstacles linked to the BlueTongue Virus situation.
“The restoration of our breeding stock exports is another important step in helping to generate alternative revenue streams for some of our hard-pressed livestock farmers.”