Blue tongue gets closer

PUBLISHED: 11:34 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 15 June 2010

THE blue tongue restricted zone has been extended into Devon after confirmation of the disease on a farm near Poole in Dorset. Currently, animals can move from the zone into a disease-free area, subject to a negative pre-movement test. Once the 'vector-fr

THE blue tongue restricted zone has been extended into Devon after confirmation of the disease on a farm near Poole in Dorset.Currently, animals can move from the zone into a disease-free area, subject to a negative pre-movement test.Once the 'vector-free period' is over, farmers within the restricted and surveillance zone will not be able to take their animals into the disease-free area - unless they are going direct to slaughter at an authorised slaughterhouse.Animals can be taken into the zone from a free area but cannot return unless there is another vector-free period.Animals can travel within the zones.For more information regarding blue tongue call the DEFRA hotline on (08459) 335577.

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