Foot-and-Mouth Disease

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 21st March 2003.

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Photo of Robin Harper Robin Harper Green

Question S1W-34120

To ask the Scottish Executive how many cattle herds in former foot-and-mouth disease-infected areas have been re-stocked since the lifting of foot-and-mouth disease restrictions; how many herds have been tested for bovine tuberculosis; how many cattle have been confirmed positive, and in how many herds the source of infection was bought cattle.

Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

In the Scottish Borders area all 21 cattle herds depopulated as a result of foot-and-mouth disease have been restocked. All have been tested for bovine tuberculosis and none have tested positive.

In Dumfries and Galloway, of the 523 cattle herds depopulated almost all have been restocked. All restocked herds have been tested for bovine tuberculosis. Only four cattle have tested positive and in none of these cases has infection been confirmed on the farms of origin of the bought in cattle.

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