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Jim Walker, Scotland's NFU president
"This will be done under full veterinary supervision from one end of the process to the other"
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Phil Jones, Dumfries and Galloway Council
"We believe containment is absolutely essential and is a fundamental responsibility to pursue"
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Friday, 2 March, 2001, 19:08 GMT
Ban relaxed despite disease crisis
Police road block at farm
Calls for a cordon round Dumfries and Galloway
The ban on the movement of livestock in Scotland is to be relaxed, despite the confirmation of a third case of foot-and-mouth north of the border.

The Scottish Executive has announced farmers outside exclusion zones around three farms in Dumfries and Galloway will be able to apply for licences to move their animals.

The National Farmers Union Scotland has welcomed the news, which will allow butchers to restock supplies of meat.

However, Dumfries and Galloway Council said a cordon needs to be thrown round the area to prevent any further spread of the disease.

Farm workers on infected farm
Farms in exclusion zones will not be eligible
A spokesman said that 40 farms in the region were now under suspicion having had links with a farm in Northumberland thought to be at the centre of the outbreak.

It was confirmed earlier that animals at a farm at Twynholm, near Kirkcudbright, had the disease.

Movement restrictions have been applied to the farm and a stand still notice is in effect for a 10-mile radius round it.

Similar restrictions are in place at farms at Canonbie and Lockerbie - both Dumfries and Galloway - while veterinary officials prepare to burn the bodies of slaughtered animals.

Across the UK the total has risen to 39, although Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food officials are confident the new cases can all be linked back to the original outbreak at a farm in Northumberland.

'Containment essential'

Phil Jones, chief executive of Dumfries and Galloway Council, said: "The situation is developing rapidly across Dumfries and Galloway.

"The people of Dumfries and Galloway expect us to act responsibly for the greater good of Scotland.

"We believe containment is absolutely essential and is a fundamental responsibility to pursue.

Burning animals
Preparations are being made to burn the carcasses
"We have made arrangements with the ports to secure the port areas between Scotland and the island of Ireland and we are working closely with the Scottish Executive on a trunk roads strategy."

The licensed slaughter scheme will come into force from midnight on Friday, with the first movements expected to begin early next week.

Jim Walker, president of the National Farmers Union Scotland, said: "We are very close now to getting the orders laid to change the regulations of last week that restricted all movements.

"Tomorrow we will have licences becoming available to move animals direct from farm to abattoir under very, very strict hygiene regulations.

"This will be done under full veterinary supervision from one end of the process to the other.

Test results awaited

"The aim is to restock shelves with meat by the beginning of next week. As we know, meat supplies are running low. "

He added that none of the farms within the 10-mile exclusion zones will be able to take part in the scheme.

Tending to pigs
Farmers will be able to move animals under licence
More than 80 Scottish farms are still under investigation for signs of foot-and-mouth.

Test results of another farm at Canonbie, and suspect farms at Galston, Ayrshire, and Polmont and Bo'ness, both near Falkirk, are still being awaited.

Meanwhile, across the country many agricultural merchants have reported limited or no supplies of disinfectant.

The Calcutta Cup match between England and Scotland is going ahead at Twickenham on Saturday, although the Scottish Rugby Union has said that other fixtures in the Six Nations championship may be in doubt.

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