ANIMAL welfare officers in North Yorkshire have moved to set precautionary measures in place following the confirmation of a second outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Surrey.
We would like to thank the farming community for their positive approach
Helen Swiers - NYCC
Officers from the County Council's Trading Standards Service have visited livestock markets and agricultural shows and carried out mobile patrols in conjunction with North Yorkshire police to ensure that the ban on the movement of animals is being observed.
Farmers have welcomed the restrictions as evidence that the Government is acting swiftly and decisively to stop the disease spreading as fast as it did during the 2001 outbreak. However, they are now calling for movement licenses to be issued as a matter of urgency so that animals can be moved for welfare reasons, including the removal of dead stock.
North Yorkshire has now set up of a single point of contact telephone line for farmers to obtain advice.
County Councillor Helen Swiers, executive member for Trading Standards, said: "We would like to thank the farming community for their positive approach to date to the recently implemented Foot and Mouth disease controls.
"The County Council acknowledges that there is a need to work together with the farming community on this issue and to that end the County Council is operating an animal health and welfare helpline for farmers who may require guidance on the Foot and Mouth disease control measures."
The helpline number is 0845 330 1221 and the helpline is open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, until further notice.