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  Christmas in the countryside
Updated 22 December 2001, 09.35
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Daniel, 15, lives in Devon and this year his family's farm was surrounded by foot-and-mouth. Here he reports on what it's like now.

"We have a cattle and sheep farm in Lifton, Devon, and our area was badly affected by foot-and-mouth in the summer.

Although our farm animals weren't actually affected by the disease, the nearest case was only a few miles away.

I coudn't go to school

Map showing Lifton, in Devon
Map showing Lifton, in Devon
It meant we couldn't travel around freely, and for a couple of weeks I couldn't go to school in Cornwall.

Most of my friends were also affected by movement restrictions when no one was allowed to travel across the countryside.

Things are getting better now - everyone has licenses to move their animals around and take them to market.

People are now feeling relieved that foot-and-mouth seems to have cleared up.

We hope it's over

Because things are more or less back to normal this Christmas - hopefully it won't be that different to any other Christmas.

And as for next year, we're all just hoping foot-and-mouth doesn't come back again."

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