Export of Irish cattle to Britain stopped
Workers using disinfectant on their feet: despite efforts to contain the disease, the current foot-and-mouth scare has brought Irish exports to Britain to a standstill. Photo: National Archives of Ireland, CSO RP 16901

Export of Irish cattle to Britain stopped

Published: 14 February 1914

The export of Irish cattle to Britain has ceased following the discovery that cattle at Birkenhead port in England were suffering from foot-and-mouth disease. The cattle were sent by boat from Dublin, having initially been kept in the Newry district in Co. Down. Pigs exported from Waterford are also understood to be suffering from the disease. Hopes that the initial outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease had been contained in Co. Kildare have now been dashed and the export trade to Britain will not resume until investigations by the Department of Agriculture are completed.

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