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Governement FMD General Update

Friday, September 28, 2007

1. General update

Please find attached the general update for 27 September that we'd appreciate being as widely circulated as possible:

2. Licences

Two further relaxations to the movement regime come into force at 0001 hrs on Friday 28 September. The effect of these amendments is to allow for three drop-offs for animals coming from the Islands and three pick-ups for animals en-route to a single slaughterhouse or collecting centre.

General licence for the movement of cattle, sheep or goats from a premise in the restricted zone to a collecting centre, and from there to a slaughterhouse
General licence for the movement of susceptible animals from the Scottish Islands on the mainland of Scotland

Full details can be found on the website:

3. News Release

Thursday 27 September

Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment today met key representatives of Scotland's livestock industry to discuss the imminent crisis caused by the foot and mouth outbreak in England.

He said:
"The Scottish Government continues to work hard for our farmers and the wider livestock industry at this critical time.
"From today's meeting it is clear that the entire Scottish livestock industry is united in calling for action for a sheep welfare scheme and a relaxation in drivers' hours.

"Time is running out - and so is the feed for these lambs and the longer this goes on, the greater the pressure is for moving them.

"I will, again be raising the industry's concerns, outlined in their open letter, directly with Hilary Benn. The ball is now firmly in Westminster's court. I am appealing to the UK Government to listen to Scotland and respond positively to this powerful and urgent case. The UK Government have a political and moral responsibility to act now.

"I had very encouraging talks yesterday with the European Commission in Brussels on a number of issues including the welfare scheme and the potential for resuming Scottish exports.

"The Scottish Government will continue to press for action at European and UK level. Today, we are also announcing further relaxations in the movement which will help ease the burdens on our farmers.

"From midnight tonight, livestock can be brought from the islands and dropped off at three separate farms. Similarly, multiple pick ups of animals going to slaughter will be permitted across Scotland.

"From midnight on Sunday we intend to permit resumption of prime sale markets for slaughter, subject to agreement on stringent veterinary and biosecurity measures.

"We hope to resume general markets as soon as possible. However, we will always be governed by veterinary risk assessment. We will only act when it is judged safe to do so.

The Scottish Government Foot and Mouth helpline number is 08451 553366.


Brian Logan
The Scottish Government
Rural Directorate
Animal Health and Welfare Division
Pentland House
47 Robb's Loan
Edinburgh EH14 1TY

tel: 0131 244 3702
fax: 0131 244 6564
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Urgent Need for UK Government to address FMD Responsibilities

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Crofters are calling on the UK government to recognise the urgent animal welfare issues being created on Scottish hills and islands as a result of the Foot and Mouth outbreak in Surrey.
SCF Chairman Norman Leask said, “We fully support the huge efforts being made in Scotland to address a looming animal welfare crisis, but we are increasingly frustrated with the failure of the UK government to act. In a situation which appears to be all of their making, DEFRA is refusing to shoulder their responsibilities and do everything in their powers to prevent an animal welfare disaster. Grass is disappearing like snow off a dyke and lambs must come off the high hills now.


Industry Unites to Solve Livestock Problems

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Scottish agricultural industry has joined forces to address the various livestock problems caused by Foot and Mouth disease.

NFU Scotland and other industry bodies* have joined forces to write a letter to Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment, outlining what is required of Defra and the UK Government on the key issues affecting the industry. Currently, there is the need for a livestock welfare scheme for animals with no market and extremely limited grazing, as well as a need for temporarily relaxed driver hours for the haulage sector.


Letter to Richard Lochhead from NFU Scotland

Thursday, September 27, 2007

As representatives of the Scottish farming, livestock and ancillary industries we are gravely concerned about the impact of the current Foot & Mouth Disease outbreak in Surrey on the survival of Scotland’s livestock industry and the many rural communities it supports. The potential for this to be compounded by the first cases of Bluetongue virus in England only adds to our concern.


Animal Welfare Increasingly Urgent as Cold Weather Bites

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The SCF today commended the urgent efforts being made by the Scottish Government to address the welfare situation of lambs stranded on hills where there is little or no grazing left.

SCF Chairman Norman Leask said, “Proposals are now on the table for a government-backed scheme to take our light lambs, which would normally be exported for the European market. This is urgently needed. In many crofting areas the summer has been fairly non-existent and the growing season even shorter than usual, so grass is running really short. Animal welfare has to be our first consideration.


FMD - Stakeholder Update

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A further infected premises (IP7) was declared last night. It was in the existing Protection Zone.

The 2 temporary control zones created yesterday in Hampshire have been lifted.

Please find attached a general update that we'd appreciate being as widely circulated as possible:


FMD - Farm to Farm Pre-Movement Declaration

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Scottish Government has announced a general licence for the direct movement of cattle, sheep and goats between farms of different ownership. One of the requirements of the licence is for keepers to complete a Pre-movement declaration.

By printing and completing the following declaration, the keeper of any cattle, sheep or goats will meet the requirements of the licence. The keeper should keep the declaration for 6 weeks from the date it is completed, and shall provide the declaration (or a copy) to an inspector if required.


SCF Welcomes Further Easing of Movement Restrictions

Monday, September 24, 2007

The Scottish Crofting Foundation has welcomed further freeing up of animal movements and stressed the importance of reading the licence conditions carefully.


Crofters Call For Immediate Timetable For Animal Movements

Friday, September 21, 2007

The Scottish Crofting Foundation has today written to Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead stressing the need for a clear timetable on the lifting of movement restrictions assuming there are no further cases of Foot and Mouth disease.


Chink of Light For Mainland Producers

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Limited movement of animals within the same business are permitted since noon today, in a relaxation of restrictions which will be of some benefit to crofters and farmers on the Scottish mainland. Movements no greater than 8Km will be allowed, subject to conditions in the licence.


General Movement Licence Introduced

Thursday, September 20, 2007

On the advice of the Chief Veterinary Officer (Scotland), Scottish Ministers have introduced a general movement licence which permits movements of less than 8km for routine farming operations, provided these are within premises or between premises in a single farming business.

The new General Licence below will allow farmers in Scotland to move animals such as cattle, sheep, goats and pigs within their premises, or between premises if they are part of a single farm business. The move must however not be longer than 8km in a straight line, and is subject to biosecurity conditions. This will allow more normality in farming operations.


Latest Livestock Movement Information

Thursday, September 20, 2007


September 19 2007

The Scottish Government today announced its intention to allow movements of up to eight kilometres within farm businesses. However, the timing of this will depend on the completion of animal movement tracings from infected premises in Surrey.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead said:

"I fully share the frustration and anger of Scotland's farmers and I would like to thank them and the wider industry for their ongoing patience.

"Following previous relaxations I am keen to relax movements within farms as soon as I am able.

"But the number one priority must be to protect Scotland from this dreadful disease. We are at the early stages of this outbreak and it is constantly changing.

"The fifth infected premises was declared only yesterday and a further Temporary Control Zone has been announced in Solihull today.

"We have to ensure that tracings are completed before further movements can be allowed. We will move as quickly as we can but only when it is safe to do so.

"We were able to quickly roll back restrictions in August ahead of the rest of Great Britain ? but only on the basis of sound veterinary risk assessment. That is what we will continue to do ? for the sake of our farmers and this critically important industry.

"I am sure that every farmer would rather be safe than sorry. Once investigations are complete we will be in a position to consider further relaxations."

Work has today identified movements involving 72 cattle from three premises in Surrey to farms in three different parts of Scotland during the period between the ending of the previous restrictions and the recent outbreaks at Egham. A number of other tracings across Great Britain are causing concern.

Scotland's Chief Veterinary Officer Charles Milne said:

"The situation is fluid and the information base is developing by the hour. We cannot take risks at this stage which will put the entire Scottish livestock industry in jeopardy."

Notes for News editors:

1. The Scottish Government Foot and Mouth helpline number is 08451 553366.

2. The weblink for information is:

3. The Epidemiology Population Health and Infectious Disease Control (EPIC), is a unique Scottish science collaboration between university vet schools and research institutes in Scotland. Set up in 2006 with £2.5 million funding from the Scottish Government over five years, it seeks to develop new tools to track and control animal diseases.

Contact: Chris Holme 0131 244 2614 or 07810 507009

FMD Restrictions and the Islands

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Over the course of the last couple of days, we have had a number of requests for clarification from crofters and others with regard to the restrictions on the movement of susceptible animals as they apply to the Scottish Islands. I thought it would be helpful to explain what restrictions are in place and the rationale behind them.


FMD - Movement Ban

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

As part of the response to the confirmation of foot-and-mouth disease in Surrey, a National (GB) movement ban has been introduced on the movement of all susceptible animals. This list of susceptible species includes cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, deer, rodents (other than pets) as well as camels, llamas, guanaco, vicuna, alcapas and elephants. (The ban does not cover horses, poultry, cats or dogs.) All activities involving animals moving on or off livestock premises, or activities that involve contractors working on multiple farms (e.g. contract shearers, AI technicians or dippers) are affected by the ban. The ban will be in place until the disease situation has been fully investigated. The primary aim is to minimise risk of disease spread.

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Ongoing Support for Crofters Welcomed

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Scottish Crofting Foundation this week commended the decision of the Scottish Government to continue the highly successful Crofting Community Development Scheme. The announcement by Crofting Minister, Mike Russell at the SCF Gathering in Dingwall last week follows a campaign by the crofting organisation over many months to secure the future of this useful scheme.