"I have to say after living in fear for weeks on end I feel we have progressed today - we are not out of the woods - but we are moving along."

Good news today we had a inspection from a DEFRA Vet who was brilliant. She understood our situation and was prepared to do anything we asked. She throughly prepared herself before entering clothes, 2papers overalls and wet proofs over that, which we throughly doused in disso. We also found out that out own Vet is going to be doing the blood tests - DEFRA have said in the cases of some practises being short staffed they will help out - but after the inspection - they would like the local Vets to test. So all is not doom and gloom. I have to say after living in fear for weeks on end I feel we have progressed today - we are not out of the woods - but we are moving along.

No matter how many sheep you have this is how the testing works 1 positive and they will retest, 2 positives and they slaughter - and I say again this is irrespective of how many sheep you have If you have 200 sheep they will test 60 max and over 200 still 60 max! It is not in percentages just a straight two sheep from the flock, they have no need for percentages as it is based on the accuracy of the test and making allowances for possible error in the test 2 positives leaves NO margin for error (that is their theory). We have been given this information by 2 different Vets one working for DEFRA and the other one not. Also spoken to people who have had their sheep tested and they confirm this also. So I suggest that anyone who is going to be blood tested, finds out if it will be their Vet doing it - and then if you are going to do a blood test of your own (ask your Vet do that at the same time!) If you know and trust them.

C