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Arborists reminded of OPM hazard

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8 minutes ago, Khriss said:

Best you make this known at the next seminar- Forest Research is going to have to be clear on guidelines for this - and depending on the weather ( Including landowners reactions to the problem ) its not going away , K

I mention this because back in the days of the FMD outbreak the official line didn't sit right to me, so I mapped all outbreak reports on a daily basis and "aged" each point. A lady dairy farmer converted all the images into an animated  .gif which indicated the paths of spread quite well when compared with the later official version.

 

What became apparent was that most of the outbreak around Penrith was inevitable once the pig farmer failed to notify his animals were ill but satellite outbreaks in Wales and Devon resulted from a haulier continuing to , legally, transport sheep in the 48 hr period between notification of a transport ban and it coming into force.

 

Mine is only an academic interest but before I was put out to grass I took charge of OPM residues from the railway and conveyed the sealed containers to a permitted incineration facility. I'm told now the specialist firms doing the same are charging several times more for this part of the disposal.

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Yr definately familiar with the flaws then - its a problem which won't have boundaries in the UK due to road and rail links ( Our particular client  ) we use bio - safe methods as I wont allow pesticide use to interfere with our habitats and bio diversity program , K

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