Looking back... Farmers are anxious

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Local farmers were being urged to make “no movements of livestock whatsoever” in an attempt to prevent the spread of Foot and Mouth disease in April 2001.

The call came from East Antrim Senior Group Secretary of the Ulster Farmers’ Union, Mr William Cross.

This call came after the confirmation that the disease had been detected on a farm in the East Antrim area.

Mr Cross said farmers were “on tenterhooks” about the possible spread of Foot and Mouth disease and he called on everyone to comply with Department of Agriculture restrictions on the movement of animals.

The Department were also urging farmers not to allow cattle and sheep to mix.