We are all keeping our fingers crossed for farmers today but Foot and Mouth affects are widespread. Jo's new business offers "local food" to restaurants - she has enough supplies for just a week. The butcher's shop say they have enough British produce for the next two weeks - then they need to start importing.
Interestingly, whilst the bigger farmers have been kept in touch by regular messages from the NFU some others have told me about a silence from Defra. Down the road Robert has half-a-dozen pigs. He has had no letter, email or any other correspondence at all warning him what precautions to take if, god forbid, the disease becomes more widespread. It is now 7 weeks since the first case .... you would have thought a letter might have been sent. I wonder if there are others in Robert's shoes?