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30/10/2012

Duration:
14 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 30 October 2012

Following the ban on live ash tree imports, Farming Today hears a warning that the global trade in plants means the UK is wide open to new diseases. Professor Mike Shaw from the British Society for Plant Pathology says the limited testing done at UK borders inevitably misses some diseased plants.

The Government announces a review into the risks posed by Chinese lanterns, which farmers claim are eaten by cattle, sheep, and horses - often with fatal consequences.

And reporter Heather Simons visits an organic farm in Shropshire, to see how one farmer is preparing his animals for the winter.

Presented by Sarah Swadling and produced in Birmingham by Rich Ward.

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