Store and breeding markets are to be reopened for sheep and goats on 15 May, for the first time since Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) was discovered in February 2001. Until now, only slaughter markets have been open for sheep and goats, with stock going straight from auction marts to abattoirs or returning home unsold. Legislation coming into force on 15 May will enable farmers to send sheep and goats to markets to sell on to other farmers under a licence from the local authority. Most live sheep markets are expected to reopen in the week beginning 20 May.