David Green, Convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, said: “This is clearly a worrying time for rural communities following the outbreak of foot and mouth disease at Guildford, Surrey.
“However, steps are being taken to ensure that it is dealt with as quickly and effectively as possible, including a UK-wide ban on livestock movement.
“This will obviously affect communities in the Cairngorms National Park, including the Grantown Agricultural Show which is taking place on Thursday August 9th. In line with other agricultural shows around the country, there will be no cattle and sheep at the show, however the event is still going ahead and there will still be a number of other exciting attractions.
“We would encourage everyone to come along and support the show and other similar events, particularly at this time. The show has always been an enjoyable event and it will continue to be so this year.
“It is also important for people to know that the countryside remains open and is somewhere that can still be visited and enjoyed. However at this time, the public must act in a responsible and vigilant manner. We ask you to please continue and visit the countryside, but advise not to have any contact with livestock.”
For the latest information on the foot and mouth disease outbreak please visit:
- Scottish Executive News page
- Scottish Executive Biosecurity Guidance for Farmers
- Scottish Executive General Licence information
- Scottish Executive Agriculture FAQ page
The Scottish Executive has also set up a helpline: 0845 155 3366.