Archive for August 4th, 2007

Foot and Mouth

I can’t believe it is back.   

We were a long way from the outbreak in 2001, but the countryside effectively closed for quite a while.    That outbreak cost Farming in Scotland £230 million and Tourism in Scotland between £200 and £250 million, not to mention the heartbreak of losing livestock, and some longstanding pedigree herds.

The authorities have moved very swiftly on this one following a poor performance in 2001, and immediately stopped all livestock movements.    Time will tell if it has been nipped in the bud – it is a case of fingers crossed for the next few days.

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