Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Look for a higher cattle market...

A second (suspected) case of FMD in the UK could be a real knee-capper for producers there. If it is confirmed, a nationwide ban on movement will be instituted.
A suspected case of foot and mouth disease has been found on a farm in southern England and the herd in question is to be culled, a government source said on Wednesday.

The return of the disease has raised fears of a repeat of a foot and mouth crisis in 2001 that devastated farming and cost Britain about 8.5 billion pounds. [More]

This could be nothing short of a catastrophe for UK agriculture, which barely had recovered from the 2001 debacle.

The question is begged, why does England seem to be the perennial focus of FMD?

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