Farming MEP comments on Bluetongue breach

Alyn Smith MEP has expressed his concern at news
that EU Bluetongue regulations appear to have been breached in the
Netherlands.
 
His comments come in wake of the news that two heifers have been
left stranded at Stranraer en route to Southern Ireland after it was
discovered that they had been pregnant before being vaccinated against
Bluetongue, thereby breaching the European regulations on movements
between Europe's BTV8 zone, which includes the Netherlands, and a
BTV-free zone such as Ireland.
 
Smith, Scotland's only full member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, said:
 
"This is worrying news at the best of times, but even more so as we
reach the end of the vector-free period when vigilance for any signs of
Bluetongue must increase. While Scots farmers have been conscientious
in their support of the voluntary import ban, as well as in ensuring
that their livestock is vaccinated according to the EU regulations, it
is concerning that rules are not being correctly implemented and
enforced elsewhere.
 
"I will continue to work with the Scottish Government to make sure
that Scotland's livestock sector is not put at unnecessary risk due to
the negligence of farmers elsewhere in Europe, and commend Scotland's
farmers for all their efforts in preventing the spread of the disease
in this country."