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'Cumbria is a low risk area for bovine TB'

A spokesman for the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) - the department of DEFRA that deals with cases linked to bovine TB - told ITV Border what is being done surrounding the current outbreak.

“Cumbria is a low risk area for bovine TB. Each year there are a small number of bovine TB incidents in the county, typically due to infection being inadvertently carried in cattle bought from herds in a high risk area. AHVLA has also found no evidence of TB infection in local wildlife.

“Bovine TB can have a devastating effect on farm businesses, which is why there are strict measures to control it. In low risk areas such as Cumbria, herds within a three kilometre radius of a TB incident are placed on more regular testing to reduce the risk of infection.”

– AHVLA spokesman

Bovine TB confirmed in the Brampton area

An outbreak of bovine TB has been confirmed in the Brampton area of north Cumbria.

There are restrictions in place when it comes to moving affected cattle and farms within a three kilometre radius will also be tested.

The NFU has advised farmers to be careful when bringing animals into the county by looking at their sourcing policy and where animals are coming from.

Cumbria is a low risk area on the border of Scotland - which has a TB free status.

Bovine TB outbreak confirmed in north Cumbria

An outbreak of bovine TB has been confirmed on a farm in north Cumbria.

Restrictions have been placed on moving affected cattle. Animals on other farms within a three kilometre radius will also be tested for the disease. Farmers in the county are being urged to take extra precautions.

Ian Mandle from the National Farmers' Union:

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Full Report: New Bovine TB testing rules

Farmers in Cumbria are being warned to wake up to the dangers of bovine TB.

Outbreaks of the disease - which can mean cattle having to be slaughtered - have been found in Cheshire and Lancashire.

In January new rules to stop the spread of the disease will come into effect.

Both the National Farmers Union and the Government Vetinary Laboratories have been advising farmers about possible infection.

You can see the full report from Andy Burn below.

New rules explained to Cumbrian farmers and vets

Farmers and vets taking part in the meeting at Penrith Rugby Club Credit: ITV Border

Around 20 farmers and 10 vets from across Cumbria have turned out to hear about the new testing rules regarding Bovine TB.

The meeting, organised by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency and the NFU is being held at Penrith Rugby Club.

Cumbrian farmers meeting to discuss new rules

Cumbrian farmers are being invited to attend a meeting in Penrith to learn of new Bovine TB testing rules.

From January 1st a number of new rules come into force which will have a direct impact on farmers in the County.

The meeting, aimed at both farmers and vets will outline measures to try to remain TB free.

"There is concern that some farmers in Cumbria and Lancashire are not fully aware of what is coming in or the implications for them and their neighbours if TB is confirmed on their farm."

– Adam Briggs, TB expert, NFU North West
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