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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2007, 09:24 GMT 10:24 UK
Ram sale cancelled after outbreak
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Organisers said the sales were unlikely to be rearranged
A major agricultural event in southern Scotland has become one of the first casualties of reinstated livestock movement restrictions.

A new confirmed case of foot-and-mouth in Surrey has forced the cancellation of the Dectomax Kelso Ram Sales.

More than 6,000 rams were set to be auctioned at the Springfield Park event on Friday.

Organisers said it was now "very unlikely" they would be able to hold the event at a later date this year.

Ron Wilson, secretary of the Border Union Agricultural Society, said the renewed restrictions would have a major impact.

"It is certainly a big blow for us but I think in the long-term it is a very serious blow for the farming industry," he said.

"It is very serious for sheep and anything related to that."

Possible regionalisation

Due to the logistics of the event it would now appear unlikely it can be rescheduled for later this year.

"Certainly the last outbreak there was a five-week gap with all the process in place between the last case and the total lifting of bans," said Mr Wilson.

"We may be looking at that, we may not.

"There is the possibility of regionalisation with Scotland as opposed to the rest of the country - we will know more within the next few days."

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