HELP PACK FOR FARMERS
Suggested Steps to
Prevent Slaughter of Healthy Stock
- If you are in a Foot and Mouth
area, BE PREPARED knowledge and information are powerful
tools. Be aware of your rights and
- get a
- get exact
knowledge of what local outbreaks are confirmed and which premises are
- organise some local people, friends, family,
neighbours who will be prepared to rally round and witness for you preferably with video camera or camera
or tape recorder (or even a notebook!)
your local help number
- If you are served with an A notice, you must appeal. For advice
contact a legal firms who are specialising in this (see contact list) or
an experienced local solicitor. No
farmer should allow himself to be intimidated into accepting a cull before
his stock has been inspected, and before his Appeal has been determined.
- On arrival of any official(s),
politely demand production of all MAFF representatives authority and
qualifications in writing; and verifiable certification that all such
persons have not been in contact with any animals anywhere during the
previous 72 hours. N.B. EVEN if farmers consider taking compensation, they may not
get what they expect ! Allegedly Maff are going through claims with a fine
tooth comb and reducing payments significantly. Claims are also being held
up, sometimes seemingly indefinitely. What sometimes seems to happen is the
valuers, being locals, either volunteer or are persuaded to bump up the
valuation figure. Result - farmer looks at the figure & sees big £££ &
early retirement. BUT, Maff know this is happening and are inspecting
some/all claims & reducing them to base levels.
Also, farmers are being mislead ref the saleability of their arable crop.
Mixed farms (animals & crops) are being persuaded to cull because a long
period of quarantine with movement restrictions wld mean they cdnt tend
their crops, resulting in big £££losses, so they cull in the hope that
restrictions are removed quickly, allowing them to get on with their work.
- Insist that all MAFF officials
wear clean full protective clothing and boots, masks, and disinfect
themselves fully in the presence of the farmer/owner.
- Insist on comprehensive Risk
Assessment for animals in question. This must cover all factors eg;
- Whether the farm is contiguous to infected
- distance between the
livestock units on the two farms
- Whether livestock are housed
- Whether there has been any contact within infected
elapsed since that outbreak,
- Bio-security measures taken by the farmer
direction and prevailing winds,
to vehicle and human movement,
the livestock are pedigree or from a rare breed
- Insist on independent
veterinary inspection if there is any doubt, or suspicion of
symptoms. If threatened by MAFF,
demand that their threats are confirmed in writing.
- Record all contact/discussions
with MAFF, preferably with Video or tape-recorder, and accompanied by
friend(s) to provide eye-witness evidence. Refuse entry if the time is
unreasonable (before 8am or after
6pm ). Get names.
- Be prepared to challenge MAFF
authority and demands to slaughter, insisting on reasons in writing if
animals are healthy.
- Insist on your own specialist
valuer AND do NOT allow the valuer in AT ALL unless you have decided that
your animals ARE to be killed
Remember, it is an offence to conceal or treat
the symptoms of FMD infected Livestock.
It is not an offence to take
precautions to prevent FMD.
William Neville at Burgess Salmon 0117-939-2000
(Environment) Esther David at Burgess Salmon 0117-939-2000
(Scotland) Contact Alisdair Vryce on 01387 257272
'The Exeter Street Fighter for Farmers' Alayne Addy at Stephens-Scones
01361 850 282
01361 850 680
01291 623 573
0870 787 5265
01594 564 656
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The best support is what you can organise among
your family, friends, neighbours and your local farming community. Your local helpline will be able to give you
If you have no access to a computer and the
Internet, see if one of your neighbours has.
There are many people offering specialist or
general advice who can be accessed via your helpline or the computer. Legal advice and support is necessary.
Please pass all this information
on to other farmers and small holders in your own community as this is the only way we can increase
Information About Vaccination
There is a
large amount of confusion about vaccination against Foot and Mouth Disease,
after extensive research the following facts have emerged.
1. Vaccination is effective but not perfect.
2. Vaccination takes effect a few days after animals are given one dose.
3. Vaccinated and diseased animals can be distinguished by a blood test, but a
(currently under development) will make this much easier.
4. There is no need to slaughter vaccinated animals.
Any acceptable vaccination policy would have to meet the following criteria:-
a. The animals do not have to be subsequently slaughtered.
b. Milk from vaccinated animals can be sold at the normal price.
c. Meat from vaccinated animals can be sold at the normal price.
d. Any compensation scheme must not discriminate against vaccinated animals.
e. The return to export status of GB farms is not unreasonably delayed compared
to a slaughter policy.