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The Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Scotland) Order 2006

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Article 29(2)

SCHEDULE 9Restocking of premises

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General principles

1.  Restocking shall not commence until 21 days after final disinfection of the premises in accordance with Schedule 1.

2.  Paragraphs 3 to 7 apply subject to paragraphs 8 and 9.

3.  Animals for restocking may only be introduced under the following conditions–

(a)the animals shall not come from a temporary control zone, protection zone, surveillance zone or vaccination zone;

(b)the Scottish Ministers must have confirmed by notice served on the occupier that they are satisfied that no residual disease virus can be detected in the animals on the basis of clinical signs (for bovine animals or swine) or laboratory investigations (for other species);

(c)the animals shall either–

(i)originate in and come from premises where there has been no confirmed case of the disease within 10km for at least 30 days; or

(ii)have been tested with negative results in an assay for the detection of antibodies against the disease virus carried out on samples taken prior to restocking.

4.  During restocking, animals shall be introduced into all units and buildings of the premises.

5.  No susceptible animal shall leave the premises until all introduced animals have undergone the examination and test in paragraph 7 with negative results.

6.—(1) Subject to sub paragraph (2), each animal shall–

(a)be subject to clinical inspection every 3 days for the first 14 days following its introduction; and

(b)during the period from 15 to 28 days after its introduction, be subject to clinical inspection once per week.

(2) If no infected premises have been declared within 10km of any premises for at least 3 months before the commencement of restocking, the Scottish Ministers may, by notice served on the occupier of those premises, except those premises from the requirements of sub paragraph (1).

7.  Not earlier than 28 days after the last introduction, each animal shall be clinically examined and samples tested for the presence of antibodies against the disease virus.

Restocking of premises in a vaccination zone

8.  Instead of restocking in accordance with paragraphs 3 to 7, premises in a vaccination zone may be restocked if the following conditions are satisfied–

(a)a veterinary inspector has, within the 24 hours prior to introduction, carried out a clinical examination on every susceptible animal on every premises of origin of an animal to be introduced without having identified signs of the disease;

(b)no animal to be introduced shall have come from a protection zone or surveillance zone; and

(c)every animal to be introduced has been tested for antibodies against the disease by a veterinary inspector after the end of its incubation period with negative results or a serological survey has been completed by a veterinary inspector on the animals to be introduced with negative results.

Restocking of premises outside a vaccination zone with vaccinated animals: surveillance

9.  Where any vaccinated animal is to be introduced to premises outside a vaccination zone–

(a)it shall not be subject to paragraphs 3 to 7; and

(b)if the proportion of vaccinated animals in the animals to be introduced is 75% or greater, then not earlier than 28 days after the last introduction of susceptible animals, the Scottish Ministers shall ensure that the vaccinated animals are randomly tested for the detection of antibodies against non-structural proteins.

Movement of susceptible animals during restocking

10.  During restocking, no person shall move a susceptible animal from the premises.

Completion of restocking

11.  The Scottish Ministers shall declare the completion of restocking by notice served on the occupier if–

(a)every introduced unvaccinated animal on the premises has undergone the examination and test in paragraph 7 with negative results and, where paragraph 9(b) applies, the tests in that sub paragraph have been carried out with negative results; or

(b)the conditions in paragraph 8 are satisfied.

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