He said his department has closely been monitoring the livestock markets to ensure the supply of disease-free animals
Protection against emerging diseases depends on maintaining disease-free animals
and ensuring that systems are in place to respond to outbreaks," says Ronald L.
In the meantime there are a number of things which can be done before the end of the trial to minimise the risk of problems occurring because of the disease, for example: # Prevent the introduction of dis-ease onto the farm by purchasing/ selecting disease-free animals
as much as possible; # Minimise the contact between wildlife and cattle, for example, by changing grazing patterns; # Minimise contact between cattle from neighbouring farms.
Last March government officials told Mr Cartwright more than 250 disease-free animals
- including deer, goats, horses and other animals - faced quarantine for up to six months.
I seem to recall the former Agriculture Ministry was also responsible for the slaughter of disease-free animals
due to a map reading error just a few months ago.
The government extended the overall ban on moving livestock until March 16 but at the same time promised a plan to allow farmers to move disease-free animals
under strict conditions.