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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.

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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.

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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