CONTIGUOUS TO AN OUTBREAK / DANGEROUS CONTACT?
KEEP FARM GATE(S) LOCKED AT ALL TIMES. AND ALL SHEDS AND BARNS IF POSSIBLE. BLOCK YOUR DRIVE AND ANY OTHER ENTRANCE. MAINTAIN STRICT BIO-SECURITY MEASURES DISINFECTANT MATS, BUCKET DIP & SPRAYER.
CONTACT A SOLICITOR. THIS IS ESSENTIAL AND MAY MAKE THE DIFFERENCE TO WHETHER YOU KEEP YOUR STOCK OR NOT. (SEE details BELOW) Phone us if you need help.
DO NOT LET THE VALUER ONTO YOUR PROPERTY UNLESS YOU ARE PREPARED TO CULL
IF YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN WHEN THE OFFICIALS ARRIVE RING AT LEAST 2 PEOPLE (The more the better) TO COME ROUND TO BE WITNESSES.-----PREFERABLY WITH A CAM-CORDER. DEFRA DO NOT LIKE TO BE FILMED OR PHOTOGRAPHED & they then work with greater care.
UNDER E.U. LAW THE OFFICIALS HAVE NOT GOT THE POWER TO SLAUGHTER STOCK ON FARMS CONTIGUOUS TO AN OUTBREAK.THEY ARE ONLY EMPOWERED TO MONITOR AND TAKE SAMPLES.
YOU MAY BE TOLD THAT IF THEY CANNOT KILL YOUR ANIMALS THAT YOU WILL .......
a)...Be under D Restrictions for 2 years /..or indefinitely.
b)...Be liable to all the clean up costs of your farm and all your neighbours, if your farm goes down with F&M at a later date.
c)...Not be eligible for Compensation.
d)...Not be able to sell milk, lift potatoes, sell corn, etc.etc.etc......
(These are just a few of the reasons that have been given in the past, they may have some new ones now, none are strictly true.)
DEMAND THAT THE THINGS THAT THEY HAVE THREATENED ARE WRITTEN DOWN, SIGNED AND DATED.(Check the I.D. of persons involved)
IF YOU WANT A CULL YOU CAN HAVE ONE. IF YOU DO NOT WANT A CULL YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE ONE (Unless your stock have the disease)
DO NOT LET YOURSELF BE INTIMIDATED, BULLIED, OR BLACKMAILED INTO HAVING A CULL. REMEMBER JUST BECAUSE THEY WEAR UNIFORMS IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY CAN ENTER YOUR FARM WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION AND TAKE AWAY YOUR BUSINESS.
USE THE LEGAL PERMISSION TO ENTER FORMS AVAILABLE FROM US:
FOR FREE HELP OVER THE PHONE.
The Foot and Mouth Group or 0870 787 5265
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