I was dismayed to hear that Foot and Mouth has been detected on a farm in Surrey. Lets just hope the authorities do something quickly about it. I was living in Cumbria in 2001 when there was the last outbreak. We lived near to the small town of Longtown where the infected sheep had been sent to market.

The Ministry of Agriculture as it was then couldn’t cope and there were rotting carcasses lying bloated in fields. These were replaced by huge pyres of burning animals.

cattleburn.jpg

At one point we could see 6 seperate fires from our house and I never want to experience that smell ever again. They soon realised that burning was a very inefficient way of dealing with the carcasses and then brought in the Army to help dispose of the vast numbers being slaughtered on a daily basis. Lets hope things don’t get so bad in Surrey.

Advertisements