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Ron is so right! They will now panic about everything! I hope farmers will use their common sense. If you have orf every year as we do in some degree, then any odd lesions are likely to be orf this year as well! However, one can't vouch for the opinions of any passing DEFRA official, of course.

I don't know about liming a field with sheep in it but I have seen a farmer spraying large areas of thistles when the sheep were present. The labels on herbicides always advise people to avoid skin contact. What it does if you eat the stuff I dread to think!