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Further Foot and Mouth Temporary Control Zone established in West Sussex

01 October 2007

Defra has established a further Foot and Mouth Disease Temporary ControlZone< around a premises near Haywards Heath, West Sussex. For further information please see Defra's website. 

Foot and Mouth Temporary Control Zone in Sussex revoked

03 October 2007

Defra has confirmed that with effect from 08.15 this morning (3rd October) the Foot and Mouth Temporary Control Zone imposed near Haywards Heath on the border of East and West Sussex has been revoked.

Delivery of 2007 Pre-Budget report and Comprehensive Spending Review brought forward

05 October 2007

It has been confirmed that the 2007 Pre-Budget report and Comprehensive Spending Review will be presented by Alistair Darling, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the House of Commons on Tuesday 9th October. It was anticipated that this would occur later in the month, but it seems that is the final day when Gordon Brown could call a general election for 1st November. For further information please see the BBC News website.

DEFRA Offers Measures for Movement Restrictions

08 October 2007

DEFRA today announced the following package in recognition of foot and mouth livestock movement restrictions. 

A one off payment to hill farmers totalling £8.5m at a rate equivalent to 30 per cent of the 2007 HFA payments

DEFRA to meet all costs of National Fallen Stock Scheme in FMD high risk area.

£2m for meat promotion and £1m to farming charity.

Breaches of cross compliance and agri-environment schemes directly due to FMD will not be penalised.

DEFRA is seeking Brussels agreement to easing NVZ limit for grassland farmers.

The EU has agreed to ease rules on meat from animals between 24 and 30 months

Public sector encouraged to increase opportunities for small  and local producers to tender for its business.

FMD Controls: New General Licences for Pigs

08 October 2007

DEFRA has this evening announced new general licences for pig movements to take effect from 00.01 on 9th October.

Details can be seen on the DEFRA website.

Bluetongue Control and Protection Zones Extended

11 October 2007

On 10th October Defra announced that the existing Bluetongue Control and Protection Zones are being extended following confirmation of further cases of Bluetongue in Essex. 

The UK Bluetongue Control Strategy and EU legislation require that the zones to be extended due to the proximity of these cases to the boundary of the existing Control Zone.

For more information please click here.

FMD and Bluetongue Update

12 October 2007

Markets within the Bluetongue Control and Protection Zones will be permitted from midnight Sunday 14 October.  The movement of susceptible animals from within the Control and Protection Zones to approved slaughterhouses outside the Bluetongue Zones will also be permitted from this time.   Conditions apply and markets within the FMD Risk Area will remain closed.

From Monday, slaughterhouses outside the Bluetongue Zones will be able to apply to the Meat Hygiene Service to be approved to take susceptible animals for slaughter from within the Control and Protection Zones, provided they can fulfil specified criteria.  Movements of susceptible animals to approved slaughterhouses will also be subject to certain conditions, to minimise the risk of disease spread. These changes, as with all aspects of disease control measures, have been discussed and developed with the Core Group of industry stakeholders.

For further information please click here.

FMD Update: New TCZ set up in East Sussex

15 October 2007

DEFRA have announced today that a 3 km Foot and Mouth Temporary Control Zone has been put in place around a premises near Rye, East Sussex.

This is a precautionary measure following a veterinary assessment of suspect signs of disease in sheep. Laboratory tests are in progress and there is no timetable for receiving results.

Should there be any further news, we will update this website. 

FMD Update: Revocation of TCZ set up in East Sussex

16 October 2007

DEFRA has announced that there has been a revocation of the FMD Temporary Control Zone declared at 9.40 on 15th October 2007, regarding suspect premises at Beckley, East Sussex.

 

Bluetongue Update: Declaration extending the Control Zone

16 October 2007

Please click here to view the latest boundaries for the Bluetongue control and protection zone after a slight revision today.

Bluetongue Update: Further extension of Control and Protection Zones

18 October 2007

Defra confirmed yesterday that Bluetongue has been found on two premises, one near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and one near Ashford, Kent. These cases are within the current Bluetongue Protection Zone.

In line with the UK Bluetongue Control Strategy and EU legislation, Control Zones have been put in place around these two new cases, while investigations are undertaken to determine the disease situation. The existing Protection Zone has also been extended accordingly. For more details please click here.

Bluetongue Update: Extension of Control Zone into East Sussex

19 October 2007

Defra anounced at 12.45 pm today that the Control Zone in Kent is being extended into East Sussex following confirmation today of a case near Rye. The Bluetongue Protection Zone is also being slightly amended accordingly. This reflects the UK’s Bluetongue Control Strategy and EU legislation.

For more information please visit the Defra website.

Bluetongue Update: Amendments to Control and Protection Zones

23 October 2007

From 16:00 on 23rd October 2007 the declaration of a control zone and protection zone made at 15:50 on 29th September 2007 has been amended.

The boundary of the Kent/East Sussex Control Zone has been extended into Wealden District, and the East Anglia Control Zone now moves slightly south westwards into London. The Control Zone in the Peterborough area and the Protection Zone remain unchanged.

Please click here to view the amendments. 

Bluetongue Update: Extension of the Control Zone in Kent and East Sussex

24 October 2007

Defra today confirmed the extension of the Bluetongue Control Zone in Kent and East Sussex, following a new case of Bluetongue in Sevenoaks. 

As a result, the Control Zone covering parts of Essex and East Anglia will now merge with the Control Zone in Kent and East Sussex to become one single Control Zone.  The Protection Zone has also been extended slightly in the South West of England.  The Control Zone in the Peterborough area remains unchanged. 

 

For more information please click here.

Bluetongue Update: Amendments to Control and Protection Zones

29 October 2007

Please click here to view amendments made to the Bluetongue control and protections zones at 16.00 on 29th October 2007.

Government Tenders for Bluetongue Vaccine

02 November 2007

Secretary of State for the Environment, Hilary Benn, today announced that Defra is to issue a tender for a Bluetongue vaccine bank.

Please click here for further details.

 

FMD surveillance zone to lift

02 November 2007

Defra today confirmed that the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Surveillance Zone will be lifted on Monday 5 November subject to there being no change in the disease situation and the completion of the necessary surveillance testing.

Please click here for further information.

Land Registry makes changes to its on-line system

05 November 2007

With effect from midnight tonight (5th November) the Land Registry has decided that certain documents, for example leases, mortgage deeds, etc., will no longer be available in an electronic form on the Land Register Online website. This seems to be as a result of concerns relating to potential misuse of these documents. If copies of such documents are required they will now need to be applied for in writing from the Land Registry or can be obtained from a Land Registry office. To view the Land Registry's news release, please click here

FMD Update: New EU decision on exports

07 November 2007

Defra confirmed yesterday that the EU Commission and Member States have agreed a new decision which will allow the relaxation of current Foot and Mouth Disease export restrictions on meat and meat products. For more details please click here.

Defra confirms Avian Influenza in Suffolk

12 November 2007

Defra has today (12th) confirmed positive results for the H5 strain of Avian Influenza in turkeys on a premises near Diss on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. A 10 km Surveillance Zone and 3km Protection Zone have been established within which movements of birds are restricted and all birds must be housed or isolated from wild bird contact. Further information is available on Defra's website.

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