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Animal exporter in compensation bid

Animal exporter in compensation bid
An animal exporter from Lancashire is set to make a compensation claim for the lost earnings he has incurred as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak

Peter Bartley is one of a group of farmers and animal exporters who will attempt to get compensation for the impact the outbreak has had on his business, This is Lancashire reports.

Mr Bartley, who exports livestock to Europe, expects to lose approximately £400,000 due to a possible six-month ban and says he has already had to lay off three members of staff because of a lack of work.

He commented: "It affects so many people, the farmers, the exporters, the people we rent our buildings off and our families," adding that "this is already having a serious impact on our businesses, which is why we are prepared to take legal action to safeguard our industry".

The government yesterday declared another control zone in Surrey after tests for the disease at a site in the area proved inconclusive.