Wales rides the wave as Surf Snowdonia officially opens
The opening of Surf Snowdonia in Dolgarrog in the Conwy Valley this Saturday gives Wales another iconic adventure tourism attraction and makes it an adventure destination to rival any in the world.
- New system for emergency ambulance services to prioritise patients in most need of care
- Launching Saundersfoot Harbour to international success
- Wales rides the wave as Surf Snowdonia officially opens
- Draft statutory guidance on the National Training Framework on violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence
- Revisions to the Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice
- The Welsh Language Tribunal - Practice Directions
- Consultation on the Proposals for the Interim Agricultural Wages Order
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The act puts in place delivery structures, processes and procedures to make Wales’ planning system fit for the 21st century.
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Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightTaxes in Wales
The devolution of some taxes to Wales from April 2018 provides us with the opportunity to reshape those taxes to better meet our circumstances and priorities.
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Foot and Mouth Disease
Among farmed animals cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and deer are affected. Any wild cloven-footed animals can also contract it and carry infection.
Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is caused by a virus of which there are seven main types. Each produces clinical signs that are very similar and the types are only distinguishable in a laboratory. A very small quantity of virus is capable of infecting an animal and the disease can spread rapidly if uncontrolled. The disease can spread on the boots, clothing and even the hands of a stockman who has handled diseased animals. Roads may also become contaminated and virus may be picked up and carried on the wheels of passing vehicles.
After being free of FMD since 1968, Great Britain suffered a return of the disease in 2001. FMD was confirmed first in England on 20 February 2001. The first case in Wales was in Anglesey on 27 February 2001. The entire outbreak lasted for 221 days and had a devastating impact on the farming industry, rural community and the wider economy across the UK. The UK was officially declared disease free on 22 January 2002.
FMD was again confirmed in GB on 3 August 2007 and lasted for 58 days. The 2007 FMD outbreak was confined to a relatively small area of south-east England. The UK was declared officially disease free on 22 February 2008.
FMD is currently endemic in parts of Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. Sporadic outbreaks have occurred in previously disease-free areas with Bulgaria most recently suffering an outbreak in Europe in 2011. For the latest news on FMD around the world please visit the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website (external link).
The early reporting of any suspicion of disease is vital. If you suspect that any of your animals has FMD you should immediately contact your local Animal and Plant Health Agency office (external link).