A UK-wide ban on livestock movement has been imposed after an
outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease was confirmed among cattle
on a holding at Guildford in Surrey.
Foot and Mouth Disease is a notifiable disease of animals and
the ban applies to all susceptible species such as cattle, sheep,
goats and pigs. Risks to human health are negligible.
A 3km protection zone and a 10km surveillance zone have been
set up around the affected area. The Scottish Government says
the precautionary measure of a movement ban reflects the significant
effect that Foot and Mouth Disease can have on the livestock
sector and the wider rural economy. The last widespread outbreak
happened in 2001.
Major agricultural shows at Dumfries and Turriff in Aberdeenshire
will be allowed to go ahead this weekend but without cows, sheep
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said:
"I would like to reassure all livestock keepers that these
are precautionary measures. We are in close contact with the
UK Government to ensure that Scotland 's interests are being
"We are taking all steps to minimise disruption to rural
activities but biosecurity is of utmost importance. I appreciate
that this will be a blow to those involved in the agricultural
shows in many parts of Scotland. I have spoken to the organisers
of major shows.
"Despite necessary movement restrictions on livestock there
are no restrictions on the public and these important events
will go ahead."
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Foot and Mouth Disease confirmed in cattle, in Surrey