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Foot and Mouth Outbreak

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Chipstick Fri 03-Aug-07 21:41:05

Not again

Breaking news on News24 - its in Surrey

expatinscotland Fri 03-Aug-07 21:41:24

OH NO!

choosyfloosy Fri 03-Aug-07 21:41:46

OMG. No.

SlightlyMadSpider Fri 03-Aug-07 21:42:55

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6930684.stm

jofeb04 Fri 03-Aug-07 21:51:30

Oh no

expatinscotland Fri 03-Aug-07 21:52:07

Oh shit!

startouchedtrinity Fri 03-Aug-07 21:54:12

It's shocking. Let's hope that some lessons have been learned from last time.

edam Fri 03-Aug-07 21:55:06

Oh Good God, let's hope they've got the restrictions in place fast enough this time.

hotcrossbunny Fri 03-Aug-07 21:58:41

Dh shouted through foot and mouth had been found again. When he said Normandy I thought he meant as in France not a few miles down the road from us in Surrey. Oh no. Not again...

fransmom Fri 03-Aug-07 21:59:39

oh gawd

QueenofBleach Fri 03-Aug-07 22:19:45

Oh Fuck and no apologies for swearing, here we go again,

Love
a farmers daughter

BadKreacher Fri 03-Aug-07 22:31:08


I can't believe its happening again. I really really hope the government learned their lessons from last time. The floods recently did remind me of 2001 - the last outbreak, I wonder if the virus thrives more under these weather conditions?

CarGirl Fri 03-Aug-07 22:33:21

Oh no - that's near us and dh (and I!) work for the vet labs so we'll be snowed under, lots of projects will get dropped etc - it's going to be chaos - we're still sorting out the admin from last time!

expatinscotland Fri 03-Aug-07 22:36:19

I fucking bleat on like a bloody Cassandra about how it comes home to roost when you put your nation's food producers out of business.

I even told my own mother that.

I told her if you love me and you love your grandchildren you'll support your nation's food producers.

You'll go to bat for them.

If you don't then don't tell me, because I will and whatever fallout from that I'll gladly take.

Now more than ever, people, PLEASE put your weight behind Britain's food producers.

This is your last chance! It's not too late!

You're all mums, you've got a legacy to leave. Are not our children British?

Please, please, please lobby our government to support our farmers!

expatinscotland Fri 03-Aug-07 22:36:44

I've just dashed off a letter to our MP.

lankyesme Fri 03-Aug-07 22:43:39

Just seen the news. Fuck.

Leati Fri 03-Aug-07 22:54:32

There is a vaccine for it so perhaps if other farmers/ranchers vaccinate now they can prevent it from spreading.

http://www.foot-and-mouth-disease.com/

saltire Fri 03-Aug-07 22:55:29

I hope they handle it better this time around. Last time was awful. We were living near Cambridge a the time and travelled up to SW Scotland for a wedding. I shall never ever forget the sight (or smell)of farms burning all along th A66, and up the A7, and across Dumfriesshire, many of the farms were places I know, and knew the farmers. It is something that wil stay with me. Also the sight of our friend, a big 6ft 5 man crying because his farm bordered a farm that had foot and mouth and he was going to lose ALL his cattle and ALL his sheep.

WendyWeber Fri 03-Aug-07 23:57:39

I just saw this myself and am and

Last time it hit very hard round here. The fields were empty. They have gradually refilled and the country is a lovely sight again - please god let this be a one-off and contained.

Very very scary.

suedonim Sat 04-Aug-07 00:18:55

We drove from Scotland to Kent during the last outbreak and the sight and smell all down the M74/M6 was dreadful. We're off down south again next week, I truly hope there will be no repeat scenes. At least they've put a total ban on movement this time.

Eve Sat 04-Aug-07 02:40:53

....quote on the news tonight was that this comnined with the weather will be mean agriculture has had a very bad year...or a disastrous year.

alipiggie Sat 04-Aug-07 02:43:40

Leati the government won't support the vaccination of animals in the UK, stupid stupid stupid. So here we are again. I remember the smell from driving down the M74/M6 last time too. It's a horrible thing. Healthy animals to be slaughtered when in reality it could have been prevented. The Dutch and most of mainland Europe vaccinate against Foot and Mouth. But hey the Government over in the UK knows best. Sorry guys, having a really bad night and seeing this news flash when I came home brought so many sad memories flooding back

Leati Sat 04-Aug-07 05:14:45

alipiggie,

Isn't there anything that can be done, if the general public feels that the animals should be vaccinated. I think it is terribly sad to think of all these animals dying for no good reason; not to mention the economical impact this has for the ranchers and the country.

I read an article that the last time the US had an outbreak was in 1929, but that if it were to happen that it could cost Billions of dollars. That is to much of a burden for ranchers and farmers; or even the general public to carry. It seems that vaccination could prevent so much loss.

alipiggie Sat 04-Aug-07 05:19:46

It'll be all to do with cost Leati - the Government will no doubt think that it costs too much and therefore won't fund it and I'm sure most farmers won't be able to fund it either. . I do wonder how it manages to keep re-occuring over and over again. How's life in CA? Very hot and muggy in CO todaya

Callisto Sat 04-Aug-07 08:46:26

Expat - I am completely with you on this.

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