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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.

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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

Bovine TB outbreak investigated

Tests underway to find source.

An investigation is underway to find the source of a Bovine TB outbreak in Dumfries and Galloway. Several cattle are being slaughtered after the disease was detected in a Dumfriesshire dairy herd. Tests are being carried out to determine how many animals are affected and to stop it spreading.

“Any outbreak of bovine TB is concerning but we can be confident that the testing regime in Scotland works well. The priority now is for the outbreak to be investigated to find out its cause and prevent any further spreading.”

– South of Scotland MSP and Scottish Labour’s Shadow Environment Minister, Claudia Beamish

“A TB outbreak is a savage blow to the farmer whose herd has been affected. We still don’t know how many of the 340 cattle kept in the same holding have been affected. It is important to remember that Scotland has a low rate of bovine TB cases and I hope this incident is isolated to this one herd.”

– Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray

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