The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Mrs Bríd Rodgers MLA, has announced a tightening of the restrictions on the movement of animals in Northern Ireland as a result of the current Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak. Mrs Rodgers said: "Since the beginning of the current emergency we have allowed animals to be moved direct from farm to slaughter under the normal movement arrangements which applied before the FMD outbreak. This was to ensure minimal disruption to the slaughtering sector and the food production chain.