Bluetongue warning after import
PUBLISHED: 14:47 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 08:28 28 March 2014
NOVEMBER 23, 2008: British farmers have been urged to stop importing livestock from
Northern Europe after post-import tests confirmed bluetongue has once
again been brought into England.
The latest incidents take the total number of infected animals imported since August to 40 and farmers are being urged to ban imports until Europe has the disease under control.
In Scotland, where a compulsory vaccination strategy got underway earlier this month, industry bodies called for a voluntary ban at the farmgate and urged the EU to revise rules preventing the Government from imposing its own ban.