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CROSS-BORDER plans to tackle future outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease are needed as "a matter of urgency", the Prime Minister was told yesterday.
ALL the UK farming organisations have made it clear for many months that they intend to pursue the government for compensation for the full losses incurred as a result of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks in August and early September of 2007.
THE technical and veterinary issues surrounding the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Surrey during August and early September may have been resolved with all movement restrictions being at an end for some time, but the matter will not be allowed to rest until those alleged to be at fault are called upon to explain how this disaster was allowed to happen.
IT LOOKS highly probable that the European Commission will impose at least a partial ban on imports of beef from Brazil following mounting concerns about the perceived lack of control over foot-and-mouth disease, the inadequacy of the vaccination programme and the lack of full traceability on cattle movements.
SCOTTISH sheep farmers affected by the foot-and-mouth outbreak are expected to receive emergency payments within the next week after the European Commission approved the scheme.
FARMERS yesterday said they were "extremely concerned" about a "probable" new leak of foot-and-mouth disease.
A "PROBABLE" new leak of foot and mouth disease has been discovered at the Merial Animal Health facility in Pirbright, Surrey, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said today.
GOOD news in the livestock sector has been thin on the ground since foot-and-mouth disease was confirmed on 3 August: prices for sheep, pigs and cattle subsequently collapsed.
AID payments to farmers affected by the foot-and-mouth crisis have been held up by Brussels, it was revealed yesterday.
SCOTLAND'S farmers will receive £25 million to compensate for losses caused by foot-and-mouth and made worse by an "unsympathetic" attitude at Westminster, Richard Lochhead, the Holyrood environment secretary, said yesterday.
SCOTTISH farmers have given up negotiating with UK ministers over compensation for the foot-and-mouth crisis, as the rift between Westminster and the Scottish Government over welfare pay-outs deepened.
ALL movement restrictions imposed by the Scottish Government for the foot-and-mouth disease scare were lifted from midnight last night.
FARMING leaders last night accused Hilary Benn, the UK environment secretary, of "washing his hands" of a Scottish crisis as their pleas for compensation were rebuffed.
I RECENTLY watched a television documentary about the First World War. It portrayed respected generals employing tactics from previous battles because they knew no different, sending wave after wave of loyal, trusting men to their almost certain deaths in search of victory. It was done with the best intentions and tacticians offering the best advice, and did bring ultimate victory, but at terrible cost.
LABOUR ministers and political advisers in London will vet all Whitehall documents that are to be shared with the Scottish Government as cross-border relations plummeted to new depths in the wake of the cancelled farm payments row.
TWO years ago to this very day a major outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease was, after weeks of suspicion, confirmed in three provinces in Brazil, one of the world's leading beef-producing countries, with a cattle population of more than 200 million - Scotland has just 1.9 million head.
THE UK government was last night accused of playing politics with Scottish farmers' livelihoods as it was revealed plans for an £8.1 million compensation payout for foot-and-mouth disease were mysteriously scrapped after Gordon Brown decided not to call an election.