Foot-and-mouth special measure changes

Both Wales and Scotland have announced changes to the special measures brought in to prevent the spread of foot and mouth disease.

Some of the movement bans on certain susceptible animals have been relaxed in Scotland for what the Scottish Executive describes as in the interests of animal welfare.

Pregnant animals and weaned pigs can now be moved within farm premises, it said. Meanwhile, temporary changes to the laws on removal of fallen stock have been revised, with stock being collected by contractors from farm entrances.

The general ban on all other movements still applies, the executive added.

In Wales rural affairs minister Elin Jones announced that the movement restrictions had been eased.

Newly-weaned animals, pregnant sows, pregnant cows, animals for breeding and animals with feeding difficulties as a result of a severe shortage of grazing can be moved, however, by no more than one kilometre.