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Deadline on bluetongue zones

PUBLISHED: 06:24 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:22 28 March 2014

MARCH 11, 2008: Farmers in the bluetongue zones have less
than a week to move their livestock before tough movement restrictions
are reintroduced.

The vector-free season ends at midnight on


Friday, March 15 and farmers are being urged to move their livestock as


early as possible before the deadline.

Movement restrictions that


were in place before December last year will then come into force,


imposing strict rules on the movement of susceptible animals.

The


restrictions will limit the movement of livestock in the bluetongue


zones and will have a marked effect on shows, events and markets over


the next few months.

With susceptible livestock unable to leave


the zones and animals in the free areas unable to enter, shows and


events will be limited on what livestock can attend, whilst farmers


will be limited in which markets they can use.

The vector free season began on December 20, relaxing the movement restrictions whilst midge activity was at its lowest.

During


the three month period, all animals were subject to pre-movement


testing, with a further 40 infected premises being identified as a


result.

This week, the number of cases broke the 100 mark, with the number of confirmed cases in England and Wales now standing at 101.

These


restrictions are those that were in place before December 20. They come


into force on March 16 and farmers hoping to move livestock are advised


to do so in the coming days before the restrictions are imposed.

What you can not do:

•    Susceptible livestock cannot move from a Bluetongue Surveillance Zone or a Protection Zone into a free area.

•    Livestock cannot be moved from the Protection Zone to the Surveillance Zone

What you can do:




Livestock can be moved from the Surveillance Zone to the Protection


Zone, but those animals would subsequently not be able to leave the


Protection Zone.

• Movements out of bluetongue zones directly to


an approved slaughterhouse are permitted. These must take place after


dusk and before dawn, to avoid moving whilst midge activity is at its


highest.


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