Friday, April 14, 2006

Royal Highland Show Hit Again

A few years ago the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston just beside Edinburgh Airport was cancelled due to the foot and mouth epidemic. However, as a result the garden section of the show grew and became an annual event on its own.

This year with fears of avian flu it has already been announced that ther will be no poultry or life birds at this years event in June. So far there is still only the one reported case of the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu the Cellardyke swan. However, organisers are taking no chances especially as many rare birds would generally be travelling for judging at the show.

The lead of the major agricultural show in Scotland is likely to be followed by the smaller shows at locations across Scotland. However, hopefully it is a show that lessons were learned from the foot and mouth epidemic in 2001.

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