The grant was to doing a modelling based analysis of the effect of selectively removing the six day movement standstill placed on the off-movement of animals from farms, following the on-movement of any cattle sheep or goats.

The standstill requirements were put in place following the 2001 FMD epidemic in order to restrict the ability of FMD-infected livestock to rapidly infect farms over very large distances.

More recently, the current government has targeted reduction of the 'red tape' surrounding restrictions and regulations on farming activities, including the removal of some of these movement restrictions.

This analysis was commissioned to support decisions on possible upcoming policy changes under this initiative (http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2011/05/17/farming-red-tape/)