The measures announced yesterday will leave swathes of farmland "dead" in a grim but necessary slaughter programme needed to rein in the plague of foot and mouth, says the NFU. Farmers will be sickened by the prospect of the slaughter of a "significant" number of currently healthy animals - those connected with affected livestock markets and dealers and within 3kms of outbreaks in the North West - but will reluctantly accept that it is inevitable.