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Northumberland Warned of Bluetongue Change

22 August 2008

UK - Northumberland County Council's Animal Health and Welfare Team today warned farmers of impending changes which will restrict their ability to move livestock, especially into Scotland.

The team has been notified by DEFRA that the Bluetongue Protection Zone will be extended into Northumberland and Cumbria shortly, but no earlier than September 1. This will complete the vaccination roll-out by bringing the whole of England into the Protection Zone.

Once the Protection Zone has been extended into Cumbria and Northumberland, unvaccinated animals will no longer be able to move into Scotland.

Animals can only be moved out of the zone if they are vaccinated or naturally immune, subject to meeting certain conditions.

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Source: MorpethHerald


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