Bluetongue Zone Extended Further

Defra has announced changes to the Bluetongue Protection Zone following confirmation of the disease in premises within the current zone.

In accordance with the UK Bluetongue Control Strategy and EU legislation, one case in the New Forest district required the Protection Zone to be extended into Wiltshire and further into Hampshire.

The infected animals were found as a result of pre-movement testing, which was required to move animals out of zones during the vector-free period, which ended on 15 March. All evidence suggests that the animals were infected last year.