A ‘moving’ plea

Well, this has shaken my already tenuous faith somewhat, regarding Defra’s ability to track livestock movements in the FMD-affected area to date –

 – a plea has been issued by the State Veterinary Service, to anyone who has transported livestock in &/or out of the FMD-affected Zones since 16th July, to advise the authorities of the whys, whens & wherefores of the movement.  Had I been involved in monitoring this outbreak virtually the first thing I would have done, would have been to request copies of every single Movements Licence produced during the potentially risky period (& for every animal moved, it now has to be formally recorded on such a licence – in fact the licencing system was introduced as a result of the 2000/2001 outbreak).  In theory, the potential spread of the disease from animal to animal could be directly traced as there should be a ‘paper trail’ tracking & linking any & every last animal movement.  Occasionally these are not formally logged (for example the emergency movement of a young, untagged animal for treatment at a veterinary surgery); in which case of course the owners should be responsible & inform the necessary authorities (if their vet has not already done so).  However, the impression given, is that Defra have absolutely no idea about what moved where, or when – therefore my question is: ‘if not, why not?’  We should be much further forward than we seem to be, at the moment; & it’s worrying.

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The LittleFfarm Dairy Team: Jo - Goat farmer & Gelatiere Artigianale, plus General Dogsbody; Tony - Airline Pilot & part-time Herd Manager, Product Taster, Accounts Secretary, Handyman etc!
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