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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……………
A Suffolk shearling ewe from David and Julie Inman clinched the interbreed sheep championship yesterday under judge Chris Holmes, Worcester.
The ewe is a daughter of a ewe gifted by the Inman’s to their grandson Tom on his birth three years ago and is by a Santon sire and out of a ewe by Solwaybank Ranger. She previously stood breed champion at last week’s Leicester Show.
Standing reserve to the Suffolk was the Charollais champion a ewe lamb from Percy Tait. This one is homebred and by Dogtanion a tup bought from Debbie Marwood.
Jennifer Atkinson and David Smith’s team of three Hampshire Downs took the interbreed group award, with Mr Tait again taking second spot with the Charollais.