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Alumna tackles foot and mouth

9 August 2007

Chief Veterinary Officer, Debby Reynolds, is leading the response to the latest outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

Chief Veterinary Officer, Debby Reynolds, is leading the response to the latest outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

The first cases of foot-and-mouth were found in cattle at Woolford Farm, near Guildford last week and a second outbreak was confirmed at a farm this Monday. Cattle in both cases have been culled. Debby also ordered livestock on a third farm to be killed, on suspicion the disease may have spread further.

Farmers drew comfort from the her decision to ease the ban on animal movements last night. Livestock owners outside the protection and surveillance zones can now move their animals for slaughter and dead animals can be collected for disposal. Debby said that she had decided to lift the movement ban because of scientific assessment and not for any financial considerations.

An investigation into the origin of the outbreak is continuing.